STATEHOUSE – State Representative Bob Heaton (R-Terre Haute) is actively coordinating with officials at the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) to replace the State Road 46 Bridge over the Eel River. Rep. Heaton and INDOT are working to ensure that the motorists in Clay County receive a quality, safe and cost efficient new bridge.
“I’m pleased to announce that by working with INDOT, the process to replace the bridge in Bowling Green has begun,” said Rep. Heaton. “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.
“With the high frequency of travelers on the bridge, I know that restrictions have come as an inconvenience to those individuals,” said Rep. Heaton. “I am working closely with INDOT on innovative solutions for maintenance of traffic and safety during the future bridge reconstruction.”
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 hold a public hearing on proposed design options, in the upcoming year.