Friday, August 6, 2004

I-64 bridge closed after being hit by barge

The Associated Press

LOUISVILLE - The Sherman Minton Interstate 64 bridge over the Ohio River between Louisville and New Albany, Ind., was closed early Thursday after a barge hit a support, authorities said.

Traffic in both directions was being rerouted until the support could be inspected, Coast Guard Petty Officer Donald Taylor said.

The Kentucky Department of Transportation made a preliminary examination. No structural damage was reported. A more complete inspection was planned before vehicular traffic was to be allowed to resume, said transportation spokesman Dell Ballard.

A spokesman for the McAlpine Locks and Dam at Louisville reported closure of the bridge did not affect river traffic.

Both north- and southbound lanes of the span were closed after a barge struck a concrete support at 10:49 p.m. Wednesday. A Coast Guard spokesman said there were no injuries.

The Sherman Minton links Louisville with New Albany, Ind. Traffic is being rerouted over the George Rogers Clark Memorial and the John F. Kennedy Memorial bridges.

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