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Eel River Bridge closed until further notice

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The damage from a garbage truck hitting the Eel River Bridge on Tuesday, forced officials to close it for safety testing Wednesday at 4 p.m. Visible damage includes the top beams are twisted and two side beams are bowed in a couple of inches on each side. Ivy Jacobs Photo. [Order this photo]
The Eel River Bridge on State Road 42 was shut down 4 p.m., Wednesday, and will probably remain closed until safety tests can be completed.

Clay County Sheriff's Deputy Brad Hardey told The Brazil Times engineers with the Indiana Department of Transportation would be in the area to analyze and determine the damage, decide what route to take in fixing the damage and how long repairs would take.

The bridge is located approximately seven miles east of State Road 59.

Hardey said he was advised the shut down could last at least three days and possibly a week.

"It may be shut down until it's fixed," Hardey said and confirmed traffic would be re-routed.

Officials were dispatched to an accident that damaged the bridge Tuesday morning, involving a garbage truck. There was no other traffic on the bridge at the time of the accident.

Inspected after the crash by INDOT Crawfordsville District Bridge Inspectors, members of INDOT's Rehabilitation Section and a private consulting firm, officials recommended the bridge should be closed to traffic to determine a safe weight limit for the bridge. It will not reopen until INDOT receives the results of these tests.

Traffic will be rerouted around the area while the bridge is closed.

The detour follows SR 42 westbound to SR 59 northbound, to Interstate-70 eastbound to SR 243 southbound and back to SR 42, while the detour is reverse for traffic traveling in the opposite direction.

The Clay Community School Corporation has been notified of the situation and has taken the necessary steps to re-route bus traffic in the area.

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