Indiana county accepts closed Wabash River bridge

(WISH Photo, file)

NEW HARMONY, Ind. (AP) — Officials in a southwestern Indiana county are taking over a Wabash River bridge between Indiana and Illinois that’s been closed for more than two years.

The Posey County Commissioners voted Tuesday to accept ownership of the New Harmony Bridge at the prompting of a community group made up residents from that county and White County, Illinois, who hope to reopen the span.

Posey County commissioner Jim Alsop tells the Evansville Courier & Press he still believes the bridge’s future should be a state matter, but saw no other options.

The bridge was built in 1930 and was operated for decades as a private toll bridge. It was closed in 2012 after inspections found extensive deterioration.

Bridge supporters say the county is better able to seek funding for repairs. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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