S&M — or, the pain and pleasure we contemplate as INDOT and KTC meet to discuss the (S)herman (M)inton’s 2021 renewal.

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Great minds think alike.

We all know the bridge repairs are necessary, and at least it’s nice to have more than a day’s notice for a public meeting.

Here are the details of the more than $90 million Sherman Minton Bridge renewal project, by Caitlin Bowling (Insider Louisville)

… Officials with the Indiana Department of Transportation and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said they haven’t decided whether to close the bridge during the construction, which would save time and money but force many drivers to find alternative routes, or opt for a partial bridge closure, which would ease traffic pains but increase the cost and length of construction.

The two government entities are seeking feedback from residents before making a recommendation in fall 2019. The input gathering is part of a federally required environmental study, which includes an analysis of the social, economic and environmental impacts of the project, as well as mitigation efforts.

Two open houses will be held in October, allowing residents to comment on the project and ask questions. The first is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Scribner Middle School, 910 Old Vincennes Road in New Albany. The second is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4, at Chestnut Street Family YMCA, 930 W. Chestnut St. in Louisville.

Construction is slated to begin in early 2021 and take two to three years to complete. The work is expected to add up to 30 years onto the life of the 56-year-old bridge …

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