On Thursday, Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Media Relations Director for the Crawfordsville District Debbie Calder told The Brazil Times the bridge on SR 46 going over the Eel River just before Bowling Green would not be fixed in time for the holiday.
"It will not be open for Thanksgiving travel," Calder said.
She said as of Thursday, INDOT officials were still waiting on information from the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) before proceeding with the project.
"We're waiting on plans to come back from SHPO," she said. "Once we hear word from them, then (construction) will go."
Calder said INDOT officials expected to hear back from SHPO by Tuesday. From there, INDOT engineers can then look at the plans and proceed with the project. She added the project would have to undergo bidding as well.
"The construction department will set the time," she said. "Then we will proceed from there."
The bridge was closed Wednesday, Nov. 2, after an INDOT Crawfordsville District Bridge Inspector found a crack in one of the gusset plates.
Gusset plates are the thick sheets of steel used to connect beams and girders to columns.
They can also be used to connect truss members as well as being fastened to a permanent member either by bolts, rivets, welding or by a combination of all three. They serve as a method of joining steel members together to strengthen the joint of the bridge.
INDOT officials said the crack was discovered during a bi-annual inspection.
The bridge, according to Calder, was built in 1933 and underwent rehabilitation in 1977. She said it was scheduled for another rehabilitation project in 2015.
Until INDOT officials can determine when the project can commence, they suggested using a detour south on State Road 59 into Clay City and then traveling east on State Road 246 through Patricksburg before coming back to SR 46.
"Once we get word back on construction, then we will give people an idea as to how long (the bridge) will be closed," Calder said.