The Dwight D. Eisenhower Veterans’ Bridge (Madison County Bridge No. 502) is open and ready for business! An official ribbon cutting ceremony which included governmental officials from the County and State level as well as veterans who helped cut the ribbon and a veteran speaker celebrated the new bridge and its many additional functional and aesthetic enhancements.
The bridge carrying 8th Street over the White River in Anderson, Indiana has an ADT of nearly 15,000 vehicles per day and serves as a gateway into Downtown Anderson. The U.S. Department of Transportation selected this project in 2016 as one of 40 approved projects out of 585 submitted projects, as a recipient of funds through the highly competitive Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Grant Funding Program. The approximate total project cost was $18 million, of which $13.5 million was funded through the Tiger Grant Program.
The original ten-span, prestressed concrete, I-Beam bridge was replaced with a new six-span, prestressed concrete, U-Beam bridge which includes a composite concrete deck. The grade of the bridge was flattened from 6.6% to 4.9%. New sidewalks, ADA ramps, and LED lighting were added to each side of the bridge to promote safety for non-motorized users.
United provided construction inspection services for the bridge and installed a a project camera with 24-hour access to real-time progress updates showing the transformation of the area from start to finish.