VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI) – The Knox County Commissioners Friday ordered a closure of the Washington Avenue Bridge citing safety concerns. The bridge, which is set to be replaced, had fallen into bad repair.
The road was scheduled to be closed to traffic at 3:30 p.m. Friday. Commissioners explained the bridge was considered to be a threat to public safety, noting that heavy load drivers continued to use the bridge, despite a weight limit put in place. A 6 ton weight limit was placed in effect in early August.
“We thought that we might be able to hold this off about one more week, but the day has come,” said Knox County Commissioner Larry Holscher.
The bridge is scheduled to reopen in November. According to county officials, work crews have 135 days to put in the new bridge. The bridge is being manufactured out of town and will be shipped to location.
“It’s just a matter of public safety, its time to close the bridge,” said Holscher, “It’s easy to get around, its just, there will be a little inconvenience but I’m sure it’ll be worth it.”
Washington Avenue is set to be closed from Niblack Boulevard to Belle Crossing. Through traffic will not be allowed to travel the route, however, homeowners in the area will be allowed to enter the construction zone. According to county officials, the bridge was built in the 1950s.