Special to the Tribune-Star
BOWLING GREEN —
State Rep. Bob Heaton, R-Terre Haute, is actively coordinating with officials at the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) to replace the Indiana 46 Bridge over the Eel River in Clay County.
“I’m pleased to announce that by working with INDOT, the process to replace the bridge in Bowling Green has begun,” Heaton stated in a news release. “Replacing this 79 year-old bridge, which was closed down twice in two years, not only increases Hoosier safety, my primary concern, but will provide a long-lasting solution to address this situation.”
According to INDOT, the project will be open for bids late 2015 or early 2016, with construction in 2016 and 2017. The new bridge will be open to traffic by early 2018. INDOT is considering various options to achieve cost-effectiveness, accelerated construction and minimal impacts to the traveling public. Only designs that have those qualifications will be considered as viable options.
Additionally, INDOT is developing environmental documents that are required for federal aid projects. Since the current bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, there are several requirements for the removal and relocation of the existing bridge. INDOT is working with other entities to find non-vehicular uses for the bridge.
Once the environmental documents and design plans are complete, INDOT will conduct a public hearing next year on proposed design options.