Pre-construction drilling begins for new Downtown bridge

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by Amy Stallings

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 29, 2013 at 4:34 PM

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) -- Pre-construction is underway in Indiana for the new Downtown bridge that will connect Louisville and Jeffersonville.  It's the first real work we've been able to see on the Indiana side.

The work is for test purposes only but crews said it's very important.  Walsh Construction crews are drilling a test shaft some 30 to 50 feet deep and almost 8 feet wide in the rock here on the Indiana shore. The test will allow Walsh Construction to verify design assumptions because they want to make sure the bedrock is strong enough for when they build the actual shafts.

“We got five piers in the water that we have to construct and four on land and this test shaft will be the test for all those future piers that we’re gonna be building here this season and next,” Walsh Construction project manager Max Rowland said.

The pre-drilling work will last through the week and permanent construction is expected to begin in July.
 

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