Contractors make progress installing lighted handrails at Big Four Bridge

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by WHAS11/NEWS RELEASE

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 24, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 24 at 4:24 PM

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) – Contractors are making progress installing the lighted handrails for the Indiana approach ramp to the Big Four Bridge, according to INDOT.

Over the past two weeks, Hummel Electric crews installed 1,200 linear feet of railing for ramp sections that are straight near the top and middle of the ramp.

Another company, Gohmann Construction, returned to the site and installed custom safety railing and an expansion plate in a substantial gap where the ramp meets the bridge.

INDOT said railing for the curved sections of the ramp is still being manufactured in Wisconsin and might be available as early as May 2. Hummel Electric said installing the curved railing will be more complex than the straight sections and will take 20 fair weather working days to complete.

“INDOT and its contractors are eager to complete – as safely and as soon as possible – its contracts with Jeffersonville that funded 80 percent of the Big Four ramp construction,” said INDOT Chief of Staff Troy Woodruff, who toured the work zone yesterday.

Contractors are focusing on completing handrail installation along the ramp first before shifting their attention to the stairway, which descends to the Ohio River side of the floodwall. Regular schedule updates will be provided through this communications channel and via social media at: http://facebook.com/INDOTSoutheast or http://twitter.com/INDOTSoutheast.
 

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