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Eel River Bridge closed, traffic detoured

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

CLAY COUNTY, Ind. -- The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has closed the State Road 46 Bridge over the Eel River effective immediately for structural safety concerns.

INDOT's first priority is providing safe mobility for the traveling public.

Eastbound traffic will be detoured over State Road 59 south to SR 246 east and back to SR 46.

Westbound traffic will be detoured over SR 246 west to SR 59 north and back to SR 46.

The state highway detour through Clay City adds approximately seven miles.

Midday today, structural engineers retained by INDOT recommended closing the bridge after identifying more corrosion in the structural steel than was previously documented.

INDOT is investigating options to reopen the bridge as soon as possible. More information about timeline will be released as soon as it is known.

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I feel that we as taxpayers and residents of Bowling Green deserve 1. An explanation from INDOT as to why this wasn't fixed 7 months ago when they closed the bridge the last time, 2. To know whose incompetence is to blame for this, the person who inspected the bridge before and after the last repairs or the company contracted to do the repairs, and 3. A refund from the company contracted to do the repairs since from where I'm sitting they didn't do a very good job of it. This is ridiculous and there is no reason they can't make the bridge 1 lane with traffic lights only open to local traffic instead of yet again closing the bridge with no plan and no idea of how long the repairs are going to take. Their 'detour' route is crazy, 30 or so miles out of the way, having to go into Owen county to get there, blind curves where you can't see the semi's coming the other way and they can't see you until they come around the curves halfway into your lane. The other 'possible routes' are even worse, roads that at best a car and motorcycle can pass going opposite directions without any hassle but anything else you better hope there is room for both vehicles to pull off the side enough that they can get past each other. Is there some reason that Indiana is incapable of building roads that are actually wide enough for vehicles to use and that are actually safe to drive? I think we'd like an answer to that one too.

-- Posted by Mr. History on Wed, Aug 1, 2012, at 9:59 AM

I do not understand how they can say the reason the bridge is closed due to corrosion without saying that an investigation is being conducted as to where our tax dollars went only 8 months ago. This is rediculious.

-- Posted by rickf1226 on Wed, Aug 1, 2012, at 12:20 PM

This is asinine in the extreme. In what possible way is this alright? Here's a synopsis of the complete and utter absurdity of this scenario:

INDOT - "Hey! This bridge is bad. We better close it and have it fixed."

Idiotic, corrupt construction firm - "We'll bid it low because we're incompetent and, therefore, we can bid low because we don't actually know what is involved in repairing a bridge correctly."

INDOT - "Sounds good. We'll close the bridge for 3 months and disrupt a good portion of the traffic of the souther half of the tri-county area so that a bunch of dingbats can drag their knuckles over a decrepit bridge."


Idiotic, corrupt construction firm -"Hello, INDOT? Yes, this is the idiotic, corrupt construction firm that you hired to do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO to the Eel River Bridge because you're just as inept as we are at doing your job. Just wanted you to know that we're done."

INDOT - "Good. Well, we won't do another inspection or anything and we'll just assume everything is good because we're morons."

Idiotic corrupt construction firm -"That sounds great! Just pay us our money , that you get from the taxpayers, that we did nothing to earn and we'll call this job done."

INDOT - "Okey Dokey! We keep that money where we usually keep our heads - far, far up our rectums."


INDOT - inspecting Eel River Bridge "Well, hey! Shoot! This here bridge isn't fit for cars to drive on. Shucks! I thought we had that fixed less than a year ago. I guess we'll close it down again and disrupt a lot of traffic and lives for something that should've been completed when we spend a lot of time and money on it 7 months ago. Oh well, It's not like we're paying for it or it's really any skin off of our nose. We're just incompetent and lazy and stupid and that's just the way we like it."

Seriously, does anybody know who to contact about completely laying into INDOT or what construction firm handled the bridge "repair" last time? Or was it handled by INDOT itself? This is complete sh*t. This should've been taken care of last year when they had it closed down and were supposedly fixing it. Apparently none of that happened and now a lot people have to pay for INDOT's terrible job.

Does anyone know who to contact about this? And the reason I ask is because I just want to lay into somebody about this like they hit my sister. This situation is just like the work ethic and general work ability of everybody involved in this fiasco - complete horsesh*t.

-- Posted by Mr_S on Thu, Aug 2, 2012, at 11:37 AM

Oh my god. INDOT. Seriously.

-- Posted by Mr_S on Thu, Aug 2, 2012, at 11:43 AM

Rediculious indeed.

-- Posted by Mr_S on Thu, Aug 2, 2012, at 12:03 PM

Heaven forbid the Brazil Times actually investigate the incompetence of INDOT and the repair company that 'fixed' the bridge last time. I mean after all was it the harsh winter or all the heavy rains we've had this year that caused this 'magic corrosion that wasn't there 7-8 months ago' to suddenly appear? Do your job Brazil Times INVESTIGATE the story.

-- Posted by Mr. History on Thu, Aug 2, 2012, at 2:25 PM

I can't belave what is going on here.Many people use this road every day to get to work and schools. RT 246 is un safe for every one on it. I drive 57 miles every day one way on it I have see so many close calls on it and ,indot relay for this is rediculious way to respond to the taxpayers, a copy of this will be sent to state office for review, no one needs to die for your incompetence.

-- Posted by rich smithson on Tue, Oct 16, 2012, at 4:12 PM

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