The Sherman Minton Bridge, which carries I-64 and US 150 traffic over the Ohio River between Louisville, KY and New Albany, IN is a vital link in the interstate highway system. It was the first U.S. interstate bridge built in the Louisville area. Construction began in 1959 and it opened in August 1962 – a year before the John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge that now carries southbound I-65 traffic between Jeffersonville, IN and Louisville, KY.
The bridge also features an iconic design, with its double decks and twin arches. There are only a few double-decked interstate bridges in America. Others include the Brent Spence Bridge in Cincinnati and the George Washington Bridge in Manhattan.
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As with all bridges in Indiana and Kentucky, the Sherman Minton Bridge undergoes an extensive inspection at least every two years, including a hands-on inspection of structural members.
The bridge is named after southern Indiana native Sherman Minton. The World War I veteran served as a U.S. senator from 1935 to 1941 and as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice from 1949 to 1956.
During his time on the bench, Minton ruled on important civil rights cases, including Brown v. Board of Education. He was known as a peacemaker on a divided court, so it is appropriate that his legacy is kept alive by a bridge that has connected people for more than half a century.
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