Historic Jeffersonville homes moved for Ohio River Bridges Project


by Gene Kang


Posted on June 3, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 3 at 1:38 PM

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) -- It's another sign of progress for the much anticipated Ohio River Bridges Project, the relocation of historic homes in Jeffersonville, Indiana.

Crews hoisted another historic house onto a truck and moved it, but it was a strategic battle that lasted three hours.

"My neighbor thought he was hallucinating," a man watching the home being relocated, said.

It moved off the lot at the 400 block of Riverside Drive, but not without a few kinks, a fence got in the way as the truck pulled in reverse.

Some people gawked while others snapped photos of the move.

"I came down brought my grandson down. We were talking about it in the car, he says how do they move a house?" Sue Bartle, a spectator, said.

Crews made the move safely, driving a couple miles an hour and Duke Energy was on hand to help.

"There's lots of logistical planning with law enforcement, making sure we have emergency preparedness planning. Heaven forbid if we have a house fire and we have this building in the middle of the road," Danny Cain, with Edwards Moving and Rigging, said.

As the house turned the corner to the 300 block of Pearl Street, more spectators emerged.

"This is an old town and its worth a lot of history. My house is 105 years old down the street," Teresa Oberhausen, a Jeffersonville resident, said. 

Five homes will be relocated to the Historic District of Jeffersonville.

Another move is scheduled for Thursday followed by two others on June 12 and 19. Eventually, the homes will be auctioned off to the public.