Kentucky to assist in evaluation of bridge

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From the KPA News Content Service

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has directed the Ky. Transportation Cabinet to send a team of bridge inspectors, engineers and consultants to help evaluate the I-64 bridge and assist the State of Indiana and the Federal Highway Administration.

“Because the safety of the thousands of people who use the I-64 bridge is of utmost concern, Gov. Daniels notified me of his decision to temporarily shut down the Sherman Minton until the structure can be inspected more fully,” Beshear said in a press release Friday afternoon.

“Our highest priority is confidence that the public’s safety is assured.”

While the bridge is an interstate structure, a long-standing agreement gives the state of Indiana responsibility for inspecting and maintaining it.