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Eel River Bridge reopens

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Eel River Bridge is open once again, earlier than scheduled.

Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) officials announced the bridge on State Road 42 just west of Poland, which is located approximately seven miles east of State Road 59, would reopen to motorists Wednesday evening by 6 p.m.

On Oct. 12, at least four of the top beams and two side beams of the bridge were damaged when struck by a garbage truck. Apparently, the hydraulic trash bucket on the garbage truck didn't lock properly and rose up to hit the bridge while the driver was traveling eastbound.

Officials from INDOT Crawfordsville District Bridge Inspectors, INDOT's Rehabilitation Section and a private consulting firm recommended the next day the bridge should be closed to traffic until a safe weight limit for the bridge could be determined.

Motorists were rerouted around the area while officials made plans to repair the bridge.

Citing the damage was too extensive for INDOT maintenance crews to repair, an emergency contract was designed and scheduled for bidding.

On Dec. 7, George R. Harvey and Son, Inc., was awarded the $34,012 contract for the truss reconstruction and to make bridge repairs with a completion date of Jan. 31, 2011.

According to INDOT West Central Indiana Public Information Officer Debbie Calder, highway workers removed the last of the detour signs from the area Thursday.

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