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Bridge Closure Leads to Long Traffic Backups

A bridge spanning the Ohio River from New Albany to Louisville is closed indefinitely.

Sherman-Minton Bridge

Photo: Matthew (Flickr)

The Governor closed the Sherman-Minton Bridge Friday after engineers discovered a large crack in the steel.

The closure of a bridge over the Ohio River is causing a traffic nightmare for thousands of commuters. Indiana governor Mitch Daniels ordered the immediate closure of the Sherman Minton Bridge near Louisville on Friday night after engineers discovered a large crack.

Commuter Erica Walsh lives in Kentucky but works at Indiana University South Bend in New Albany. She says this morning’s commute was not any different than normal, but traffic going the opposite direction, into Louisville Metro was at a standstill.

“I didn’t make any plans for this evening because I’m not exactly sure how long it’s going to take me to get home,” Walsh said.

Officials with the Indiana Department of Transportation are asking employers to let workers telecommute or work an altered schedule so fewer cars are on the road at peak times.

Sara Wittmeyer

Sara Wittmeyer is the News Bureau Chief for WFIU and WTIU. Sara has more than a decade of experience as a news reporter and previously served with KBIA at the University of Missouri, WNKU at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, KY, and at WCPO News in Cincinnati.

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