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Repairs Underway On 46W Bridge Spanning Eel River

Staff Report


Matt Harvey of Danville-based George R. Harvey & Son, Inc. worked Tuesday afternoon to remove rust from steel beams supporting the State Road 46W bridge near Bowling Green. (Staff Photo by Michael Stanley) Matt Harvey of Danville-based George R. Harvey & Son, Inc. worked Tuesday afternoon to remove rust from steel beams supporting the State Road 46W bridge near Bowling Green. (Staff Photo by Michael Stanley) Originally constructed in 1933, the heavily traveled State Road 46 West bridge spanning the Eel River near Bowling Green was closed July 31st after structural engineers retained by the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) identified more corrosion in the structural steel than was previously documented.

On Tuesday, workers from Danville based George R. Harvey & Son, Inc. were busy removing years of rust buildup from steel beams supporting the bridge in preparation for a new coat of galvanized paint.

The reinforcement work will also include the addition of new steel to tighten the entire structure from several points.

According to INDOT, the $274,033 project is scheduled for a late October completion based upon the amount of repairs needed.


Closed for repairs, this bridge spanning the Eel River near Bowling Green is expected to reopen later this month. (Staff Photo by Michael Stanley) Closed for repairs, this bridge spanning the Eel River near Bowling Green is expected to reopen later this month. (Staff Photo by Michael Stanley) Looking back, the bridge was also closed in early November of 2011 after an INDOT bridge inspector discovered a crack in a steel gusset plate on the bridge during a routine bi-annual inspection.

The bridge was re-opened in late December of that year after repairs totaling $42,927 were made.

Even more recently, a 16-ton weight limit was placed on the bridge by INDOT in July of 2012, just one week before the bridge was once again closed due to structural safety concerns.

The current detour follows State Road 46 east to State Road 246 west to State Road 59 north and back to S.R. 46. Traffic traveling in the opposite direction will use the same detour in reverse.

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