updated: 5/22/2012 6:33:03 AM
A transportation link between New Harmony and southeast Illinois has been shut down earlier than expected. Our partners at the Evansville Courier & Press report a member of the commission overseeing the New Harmony bridge decided to close it to traffic yesterday after receiving a report showing structural problems. White County Bridge Commissioner Jim Clark says the span is in such rough shape that officials couldn't wait until the original closing date of May 29.
The newspaper also reports 13 toll booth operators are now out of work due to the closing.
The decision also leaves some questions concerning utility lines.
The natural gas line that supplies New Harmony and a fiber-optic line run across the bridge.
Commission members admit it would be very expensive to run those beneath the river, if the bridge is eventually torn down.
Source: Evansville Courier & Press