Kennedy, Sherman Minton bridges receive annual check-up - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Kennedy, Sherman Minton bridges receive annual check-up

Two Kentuckiana bridges have been inspected for potential problems.  Inspectors from Kentucky and Indiana spent the day looking at the Kennedy Bridge and the Sherman Minton Bridge.

It's all part of an annual check of the bridges -- something drivers are glad to see.  Joe and Jennifer Mobley live in New Albany.  "We do travel back and forth with my kids," Jennifer says, as Joe adds, "Three or four times a week at least."

So they spend lots of time on the other side of the Ohio River in Louisville, going to family members' houses or the zoo.  That means the Mobleys are on the Kennedy or Sherman Minton bridges several times a week.  That's why they're glad to see inspectors checking the bridges.

Bill Dittrich of Indiana's Department of Transportation explains, "We're required to do an annual walkover inspection."

Wednesday, inspectors from both Indiana and Kentucky drove and walked across the bridges.  Dittrich says that's, "To get a general idea of the bridge so that both states are on the same page as far as maintenance and repairs."

The checks aren't in depth, but rather light visual inspections of the bridges.  Dittrich says, "We're looking at things on the wearing surface of the deck.  We're also kind of looking at the paint conditions, although it's very new -- we're looking at it a little bit."

Dittrich says a more in-depth look at the bridges will come down the road: "Like most of these big bridges, we end up hiring consultants to come out and spend days and weeks climbing around and using lift trucks and bucket trucks to get up close."

This is the second inspection of our bridges since a deadly bridge collapse in Minneapolis last year.  That's why even though it's a light inspection, Joe Mobley is glad to see it: "Just to know that there are engineers checking the structure of it out."

That gives him and Jennifer Mobley a little more peace of mind.  Jennifer says, "Just to make sure that my kids and us are safe when we're crossing back and forth as much as we do so it'll make me feel more comfortable about the whole thing."

Other than some minor paint chipping on the Kennedy Bridge, inspectors say both bridges seem to be in good shape.

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