Brookport Bridge to Remain Closed for 30 Days
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH - The U.S. 45 Ohio River “Brookport” Bridge is expected to remain closed for at least 30 days while a contractor continues a maintenance and repair project.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says crews working on concrete pier cap and bearing pad repairs consulted inspectors and determined that additional work will be required on one of the main span piers.

“As ongoing maintenance and repair work has continued, our bridge engineers have worked with the contractor to add to the scope of the current contract,” KYTC District 1 Chief Engineer Kyle Poat said. “The additional work will require the contractor to jack up the end of one of the main truss spans, necessitating at least a 30-day closure.”

The bridge was initially closed to vehicles on May 8 when illegal truck traffic created safety issues for workers.

Drivers who normally travel the bridge between Kentucky and Illinois are advised to continue to detour via the Interstate 24 Ohio River Bridge.

Published 08:47 AM, Wednesday May. 15, 2019
Updated 08:56 AM, Thursday May. 16, 2019

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