EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Tens of thousands of tires have a way of leaving their mark.
Highway 41 near Diamond Avenue over Pigeon Creek is getting a complete bridge rehab, down to bare rebar bones.
You may have taken the detour onto Diamond and felt that jog to the right. The old steel bridge in Evansville will soon have a new fresh look.
“It was kind of shaky, kind of tight,” said Talmon Haywood. “It looks like they are reconstructing the bridge.”
Before this work, the American Road and Transportation Builders Association called it one of the worst in Indiana in need of repair.
“It’ll be the same structure, just nice and updated,” said Indiana Department of Transportation spokesman Jason Tiller.
“People hear structurally deficient or structurally obsolete, and they think the worst,” Tiller said. It doesn’t mean the bridge is unsafe, he added.
Tiller says it’s like a classic car; old, but with some work, it’ll drive like new.
“We’re in the process now of painting this bridge, which is a signal that the end of this project is coming.”
A massive tarp draped over the steel truss means a fresh coat of paint is drying. Tiller said it will be a few more weeks until the bridge reopens.