Caught on camera: Bridge construction debris falls into Ohio River

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by Maggie Ruper

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 10, 2012 at 11:22 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 11 at 4:02 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Video obtained by WHAS11 shows debris from the Kennedy Bridge construction project falling into the Ohio River.

“It's hard to anticipate everything that could happen on a construction project," Andrea Clifford, Transportation Cabinet spokesperson, said.

Clifford said the debris is likely the result of hydro demolition. It is a process used by construction crews to break up old, worn out concrete. Debris is supposed to be vacuumed up or land on a barge in the river below the bridge. The work contract proposal states:

“Absolutely no material should be allowed to drop into the waterway and the roadway below [...]We'll make sure that the contractor is monitoring that more closely and make sure those barges are in the appropriate place,” Clifford said.

Water was also seen dripping from the bridge into the river. Clifford said that is permitted because it is moving through filtered drains.

“They either have fabric up there in the work zone or also, maybe sand or rock that the water is filtered through in order to have it be allowable to go into the river. So, it's not like they're sending contaminants into the river,” Clifford said.

Bridge construction is expected to be complete on pace by Aug. 15.

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