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Sherman Minton Bridge Fix at Midpoint

Repairs on the closed Sherman Minton Bridge are halfway complete, and officials say the job is running slightly ahead of schedule.Crews are working 12 hours a day, seven days a week to fasten more steel to reinforce the bridge. The heavily traveled span along Interstate 64 was closed Sept. 9 after a crack was found in a steel support beam.Greg Prince with the Indiana Department of Transportation says crews are currently reinforcing the exterior portion of the bridge’s load-bearing beams."Once that’s complete, then their attention will move into the inside of those tie girders, where the work is a little more complex due to the lateral bracing that’s underneath the bridge," he said.The contractor for the project says workers won't meet a Jan. 27 deadline to secure a $1 million incentive offered by the Horseshoe Foundation.The job is officially scheduled for completion on March 2.(Information for this story also came from the Associated Press; file photo by Erica Peterson)

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