Existing Monterey Bridge Set to Close Temporarily

The existing bridge across the Tippecanoe River heading north out of Monterey will be closed to all but emergency traffic for up to 60 days starting Monday. Pulaski County Highway Superintendent Mark Fox says the closure is necessary in order to pour the approaches to the new bridge that is being built alongside the old structure. The old bridge will remain in place as a pedestrian crossing once the new structure is finished. It has been deemed historic and cannot be removed, but an inspection found that it can no longer withstand the weight of vehicle traffic and needs to be replaced.