BOWLING GREEN -- On Thursday, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announced the bridge over the Eel River on State Road 46, located west of Bowling Green, had been opened.
The bridge was open to the public at approximately 10 a.m.
According to INDOT officials, George R. Harvey and Son, Inc., Danville, completed the work ahead of schedule, giving Clay County residents and all other motorists using the bridge an "early Christmas present."
The company received the bid for repairs in early December after offering to complete the work for $42,927.
The bridge was closed Nov. 1, after an INDOT bridge inspector discovered a crack in one of the steel gusset plates on the bridge while conducting 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.
The bridge, according to officials, was built in 1933 and underwent rehabilitation in 1977. It was scheduled for another rehabilitation project in 2015.