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Bruce Hill Bridge controversy
Trees have been cleared from the west side of the Bruce Hill Bridge in preparation for a new span that will be constructed starting in June.—Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer
Trees have been cleared from the west side of the Bruce Hill Bridge in preparation for a new span that will be constructed starting in June.—Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer
The state has issued a permit to move a utility water line, clearing the way for construction slated to begin next month on a $1.3 million bridge over Otter Creek near Butlerville.

Another issue continues, however, involving whether or not the old span on CR 560E at CR 610E will remain open while the new bridge is built.

When the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announced the start of the project earlier this month, it said the old bridge would be closed to the public during the entirety of construction of the new span, which is expected to take five months.

That is not how the project was planned, Tara Lloyd of Beam, Longest and Neff, the project engineer, told the Jennings County Board of Commis­sioners at their semimontly meeting on Thursday.

"The project was designed to keep the old bridge open through most of the construction," Lloyd said. "That is how we submitted the plan, but INDOT somehow overlooked that.

"The contractor (Dave O'Mara Contracting of North Vernon) said INDOT scheduled the construction without the old bridge being open to traffic. We've let INDOT know that Jennings County is not very happy about this. We work for you and will keep fighting for you," she continued.

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When he crossed the finish line a little after 7:30 Thursday night, Jennings County High School junior Dalton Craig had made history

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It's graduation season, a time for pomp and circumstance, tassel turning, caps and gowns, parties and cookouts.

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