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Final Preparations Made for Bridge Reopening

Preparations are being made on the Kentucky side of the Sherman Minton Bridge for its reopening, which, according to one report, could occur as early as midnight tonight.The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Andrea Clifford says crews removed concrete barriers that were put into place to block access to the bridge from westbound I-64."We’ll have orange cones there and KYTC staff in place to keep those approaches closed, until such time that Indiana DOT reopens the Sherman Minton Bridge. We’re going to keep staff people there because we don’t motorists getting out and moving the cones and barrels and such and deciding to drive up on the approach to take a look around for themselves," she said.Workers also removed barriers at the I-64 westbound interchange with I-65, which was shut down to aid traffic flow. The entrance ramp from Story Avenue to westbound I-64 has also been reopened.The Indiana Department of Transportation said last week that the Sherman Minton Bridge could reopen sometime next week. WDRB-TV reports that the span will begin taking on traffic again at midnight tonight, but an Indiana Department of Transporation spokesman told WFPL he had no information to confirm the report.The bridge was closed in early September when inspectors discovered a crack in a support beam.

Rick Howlett was midday host and the host of LPM's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." He was with LPM from 2001-2023 and held many different titles, including Morning Edition host, Assignment Editor and Interim News Director. He died in August 2023. Read a remembrance of Rick here.