- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - The Indiana highway department says crews are installing new steel supports to repair an Interstate 65 bridge near Lafayette that was ordered closed Tuesday.

Traffic was being diverted from northbound I-65 onto U.S. 52 at Lebanon for a detour taking drivers north of Lafayette. Highway officials say the bridge over Wildcat Creek is expected to reopen Thursday.

Highway department spokeswoman Debbie Calder tells WLFI-TV that some bearings that help relieve pressure on the bridge apparently fell out during ongoing road construction in the area. The department says workers saw “unusual movements” in the bridge and investigated further.

WTHR-TV reports the last inspection of the northbound bridge from the U.S. Department of Transportation in 2012 rated its supports in poor condition and the section that supports traffic was in fair condition.


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