PARKE CO, Ind. — (WAWV/WTWO) Officials with InDOT and consultants Beam Longest and Neff held a public meeting in Parke County to discuss improvements to a popular bridge on Highway 41.
According to BLN, their findings show areas of deterioration in beams, leaking joints, and the arch.
Under the new design all those areas will be fixed and completely replace the floor deck.
“Due to the fact this bridge is historical, we have to look at a variety of things and the best thing to do as long as everything falls into place and it looks like it is, to rehabilitate and keep the general structure of the bridge since it is very unique,” Director of Communications for InDOT, West Central Indiana, Debbie Calder said.
This specific bridge is not only historic, but also a select bridge of Indiana. This means it is most suitable to be preserved instead of being torn down, depending on the stability of the structure.
“We definitely want to keep bridges available, particularly this one because it is historic,” Calder said.
Parke County Board of Commissioners President Jim Meece says he attended the meeting because he was concerned about possible travel restrictions due to construction.
INDOT says there will be a lane open during the multiple phased construction.
“Anytime we have a change especially to traffic patterns around the schools, parks, for us it’s a major event. I was thrilled to hear one lane will be open, we can handle that fine, ” Meece said.
Proposed renovations are estimated to cost nearly $2 million that will be provided by state and federal funds.
“I’m excited that it’s going to get going and it’s going to remain the historic thing that it is. That it’s not going to be interfered with or disrupted,” Meece said.