Beam me up: Railroad overpass beams placed in bridge project
Construction crews are completing the tricky process of placing large bridge beams over State Road 11 and the Louisville Indiana railroad tracks that will form the base of a railroad overpass on Columbus’ west side. The $35 million project, which is jointly funded by the Indiana Department of Transportation, city of Columbus, Bartholomew County, Cummins Inc. and the Louisville Indiana and CSX railroads, will allow motorists to avoid being stopped by railroad traffic at the intersection of State Road 46 and State Road 11. In total, 12 beams, each measuring 133 feet in length, 5.5 feet in height and weighing 80 tons, were placed over the railroad tracks and State Road 11. Workers from Milestone Contractors used two cranes to position the beams over the existing roadway. From the existing roadway to the top of the beams is roughly 35 feet in height. On Monday and Tuesday, six beams were set over the railroad track along State Road 11, and the other six were placed over State Road 11 on Wednesday and Thursday, which resulted in temporary road closures.