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Crews must solve "jigsaw puzzle" to ready 2nd Street Bridge for pedestrians

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A delay on the revamp of the 2nd Street Bridge will force pedestrians to wait a little longer to cross.

"The bridge itself was on the historic register as a historic structure," said Max Rowland of Walsh Construction. "The people...wanted to preserve the historic look."

With a push to preserve on the 2nd Street Bridge, project manager Patrick Fox found himself putting together a giant jigsaw puzzle. There's only one problem: in this puzzle, each piece weighs a ton.

"We are putting the historical limestone facade that was original to this bridge back in front of the precast wall," Fox said.

There are 1,000 pieces to the big stone puzzle, and each one has a letter, a number, and a picture associated with it so crews know where each one goes back on the big wall.

Fox tells us there are 96 blocks per a row, with six rows to complete -- and each one takes about a work week. Construction crews got about 40-percent of the facade done.

And then the snow happened, further delaying the project because the mortar won't set in freezing temperatures. Fox thought he'd have the wall done by Thanksgiving.

Now?

"We'll have to wait until Spring to get finished," he said.

It creates a bigger backup than you might realize.

The limestone wall has to be finished before construction crews can complete the historic handrails on the 2nd Street Bridge and open the sidewalks to the public.

"Usually, this time of year, the temps are still in the 50's, so the recent cold weather has set us back some," Rowland said.

"We're not going to stop on it," Fox said. "We're going to keep working every day we can."

He hopes that "using every day he can" will mean making some headway.

"Every piece will fit together," Fox said.

Good thing Fox likes a good puzzle.

"Oh yeah," he said. "I play."

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