Newly released inspection report sheds light how to fix 2nd Street Bridge


by Gene Kang

Posted on August 29, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 29 at 6:41 PM

(WHAS11) -- A newly released inspection report sheds some light on what needs to be done to fix one of the oldest bridges in our area. The Clark Memorial Bridge otherwise known as the 2nd Street Bridge has been weathered over the years.

With 15,000 cars driving across it every day, built in 1929, it needs repairs, especially on pedestrian walkways.

"It's got cracks and you're about to fall through if you step on it. So you have to step over it because you're afraid you're going to fall through it," said Misty White a pedestrian.

"I don't believe it's a case where anybody would fall through but I think it needs to be re-reinforced," said another pedestrian Gregory Jacobs.

WHAS11 also uncovered a fracture in a critical inspection of the bridge by HNTB Corporation for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet done in June 2010.

In one photo you see a truss damaged by a car. Another shows a cracked knee brace on the Kentucky approach. In addition to even more corrosion on the Indiana side, there was also
a buckled sidewalk, unsafe for pedestrians, deemed in poor condition by the corporation.

"There is not a safety issue for the drivers or we would have the bridge closed. The sidewalks remain open for pedestrians. There are areas where sidewalks are buckled. So people do need to take some precautions there," said Andrea Clifford with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Sidewalks on the Indiana approach will be fixed by April and the bridge will have a new paint job by next year. Most of the repairs will take place by summer 2013.

In the meantime, people are playing it safe and even walking their bikes along the sidewalks. 

One lane in each direction of the Clark Memorial Bridge will be shut down from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Thursday as crews check out the bottom portion of the deck for their painting project.