Brummett, in his reports, wrote the bridge were at specified grade and built to design. Sturgeon told Brumm ett the bridge looked like a “picture perfect postcard,” and done exactly as INDOT wanted it, before Woodruff asked for the renovation.
County officials were also involved in a May 7 email. The email was from Daviess County Highway Department Superintendent Phil Cornelius to Sturgeon. In the email, Cornelius said after consulting with Daviess County Commissioner Michael Taylor, the bond for damage around CR 1200N would be forgiven in order for construction to happen.
According to commissioners’ minutes for May, there was no vote on the bond being lifted but Cornelius told commissioners there was work to be done on CR 1200N and the bridge was to be closed.
The subject of the bridges across I-69 have been an issue for local farmers, especially those who have large equipment. Commissioners have heard complaints in meetings from farmers about the narrow shoulders on the overpasses.
Wichman said he went on the bridge when it opened and it was clear there was a sight issue, especially with the steep approaches.
“We approached it 30 miles an hour, 40 miles an hour and 45 miles an hour and felt there wasn’t room to stop in some points when you top that grade,” Wichman said.
Woodruff is under investigation by the state’s Inspector General for not reporting profit from land sales near the now completed interstate from his cousins and uncle, Richard Woodruff.