According to INDOT officials, based upon the amount of repairs needed, INDOT's construction engineers estimated the bridge could be safely reopened to traffic in early January.
Bids will be opened for the expedited repair contract Nov. 30. If awarded, the contract would allow construction to begin as early as Dec. 2.
Contractors will not be required to suspend work for the holidays, and no time extensions will be granted for holiday work suspensions.
The bridge was closed Nov. 1, after an INDOT bridge inspector discovered a crack in one of the steel gusset plates on the bridge during a bi-annual inspection.
According to INDOT officials, 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.
For public safety, it was determined the bridge should be closed.
The bridge, according to officials, was built in 1933 and underwent rehabilitation in 1977. It was scheduled for another rehabilitation project in 2015.
The detour follows SR 46 east to State Road 246 west to State Road 59 north and back to SR 46.
Traffic traveling in the opposite direction will use the same detour in reverse.