INDOT is working towards a replacement of the 1936 Tanners Creek Bridge on U.S. 50 in Lawrenceburg.
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – You can have a say and learn more about the proposed replacement of a bridge in Lawrenceburg.
The Indiana Department of Transportation is considering replacement of the bridge carrying U.S. 50 eastbound over Tanners Creek. There is a public meeting hosted by INDOT at the Lawrenceburg Fire Department on Tuesday, June 25 starting at 5:30 p.m.
Westbound traffic on U.S. 50 uses the new flyover bridge completed in 2009, however, eastbound vehicles are still using the old bridge built in 1936. The bridge, which handles an estimated 42,000 vehicles per day, has been categorized as structurally deficient in the Federal Highway Administration’s National Bridge Inventory.
A proposed new bridge would have four 12 foot lanes, a 6 foot shoulder, and a 13 foot wide sidewalk. Repaving on the highway approaching the bridge would accompany the project.
Engineers say there will be no displacement of residents or businesses. The plan is to maintain traffic flow on the bridge during construction.
According to INDOT, the old bridge is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places due to its location on a significant route and because it represents the Indiana State Highway Commission’s early development of the US Highway system. However, simply being eligible doesn’t completely protect the bridge from being replaced.
During Wednesday’s public hearing, INDOT will give tentative timetables for right of way acquisition and construction. Public statements for the record will be taken after the engineers make a presentation.
Individuals interested in participating in the public statement session may sign the speaker’s schedule prior to the meeting. INDOT says the comments gathered at the hearing and during a two week period afterwards will be considered in the project’s final design study.
More information on the U.S. 50 Tanners Creek Bridge project can be found online at http://www.in.gov/ActiveCalendar/EventList.aspx?fromdate=6/25/2013&todate=7/8/2013&display=&type=public&eventidn=104233&view=EventDetails&information_id=182649.