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Weight restriction placed on bridge

Thursday, July 26, 2012

CLAY COUNTY -- The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is advising motorists that a weight limit restriction of 16-tons has been placed on the State Road 46 Bridge over the Eel River in Clay County.

Typically, cars, mini-vans and pickup trucks are under the 16-ton weight limit.

Based upon a recent inspection of the bridge, INDOT has determined that vehicles weighing 16-tons are not allowed to travel on this bridge.

The conditions of the bridge have warranted placing this weight restriction on this bridge.

INDOT Media Relations Director for the Crawfordsville District Debbie Calder said the weight restrictions had nothing to do with recent repairs to the bridge.

"Last year, the bridge was closed due to a crack in one of the gusset plates, now additional repairs need to be made to address the deteriorated gusset plates," she said.

Signs displaying "Weight Limit 16 Tons" are posted on both sides of the bridge and at the intersections of SR 59 and SR 46, SR 246 and SR 46, plus in Spencer at US 231 and SR 46.

The through truss bridge was originally built in 1933.

A repair contract is being developed and as soon as a timeline is known for construction it will be released.

INDOT reminds motorist to use caution and consider worker safety when traveling through a work zone.

For the latest news and information about INDOT, please visit www.in.gov/indot.

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Just replace it already. It is going to nickle dime the tax payers to death. Just spend it all at once and get it over with.

-- Posted by MS660 on Thu, Jul 26, 2012, at 8:11 PM

Semis are still going over the bridge, signs are not going to stop the big trucks and other over sized vehicles. They need to reduce the inside so only 1 vehicle at a time can cross, making it a stop and go bridge.

Building a new bridge would be the answer using the old one until the new one is complete, but this is Indiana, they will shut it down and we the people of Bowling Green will have a 20 mile detour again.

Both road we use to detour are prone to flooding we were lucky last time and it didn't rain.

-- Posted by smallguysmalltown on Thu, Jul 26, 2012, at 9:55 PM

My question is why didn't they just fix these problems this last time when they closed the bridge for 3 months. Amazing that the similar bridge on 42 didn't have these issues but then I guess the people that live out there and use that road are more important than those that live in Bowling Green and use 46. It looks like yet again they will close the bridge come winter and yet again we will be left using poor conditioned roads and roads that are dangerous in the best of conditions yet again. Luckily last time no one was injured or killed, hope we can be that lucky next time. More examples of ineptitude and lack of foresight in our governmental agencies, nice to see what our tax dollars are being wasted on.

-- Posted by Mr. History on Fri, Jul 27, 2012, at 3:57 PM

This is a little off the subject of the bridge but funny. What does INDOT control? Look at their picture at the top of this page. Do they have control over Planes and Trains over Indiana too? Maybe they need to focus more on bridges and roadways. Bridges in this case. That bridge may be historical but it needs to be replaced with a bridge of modern times not one that was designed to have Model-T's travel on...

-- Posted by MS440 on Mon, Jul 30, 2012, at 4:38 PM

I suggest the reason for the design of the emblem is someone had just watched the movie, "Planes, Trains And Automobiles". The bus is added for throwing the taxpayers under.

-- Posted by My Dime on Tue, Jul 31, 2012, at 5:27 AM

Where is the LIKE button at? LOL

-- Posted by MS440 on Tue, Jul 31, 2012, at 10:53 AM

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