Flooding temporarily halts Ohio River Bridge construction - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Flooding temporarily halts Ohio River Bridge construction

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Flooding along the Ohio River has temporarily halted work on the new bridge that will link Jeffersonville and downtown Louisville. 

Ohio River Bridges Project spokeswoman Mindy Peterson says high waters forced crews to halt work last week on the bridge's central tower and the tower closest to Indiana's riverbanks.

Contractor Walsh Construction removed equipment from a riverside causeway and crane-bearing barges are now anchored near the shoreline.

The river is expected to crest today (Tuesday), and the high water means construction on this part of the project is impossible.

Project leaders keep an eye on the river forecast, and knew high water would be an issue so they cleared bulkheads late last week. Workers also moved the barges to the shore and secured those.

In addition to high water, crews are also dealing with the fast moving current, which creates a safety concern.

Crews continue to work on both sides of bridge, just not on the river.

Now it's just a waiting game to see when construction on the river can resume.

"We're hoping if the river level gets back to about 22 feet, we could resume some work on that tower closest to the Kentucky side," said Downtown Crossing spokeswoman Mindy Peterson. "As far as the rest of the river, it's going to be next week before we're able to get back to work. Hopefully, early next week. We need the river to be at 17 feet."

Even with this delay, construction on the project is expected to be complete by late 2016.

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