The 10-year nesting site will remain undisturbed during construction, officials say.
The bridge, which crosses the Eel River between Spencer and Terre Haute, has been closed since July.
The lights were turned off eight years ago because of vandalism.
The over $2 billion project will relieve traffic congestion for Louisville and southern Indiana.
The bridge, although it’s likely still many years from completion, is a joint project between the two states.
The Sherman Minton Bridge had been closed for repairs since September.
The Sherman Minton Bridge could be completed a week earlier than expected.
City and county infrastructure is much worse than state-run roads, according to Indiana engineers.
A bridge spanning the Ohio River from New Albany to Louisville is closed indefinitely.
Kentucky and Indiana officials addressed hundreds of potential contractors and others Wednesday, on getting the two Ohio River bridges built.