Traffic ADVISORY – daytime lane & load width restriction on the Shawneetown Bridge starting Monday, April 10th
April 6th, 2017
A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans a daytime lane and load width restriction on the KY 56/Illinois Route 13 Ohio River “Shawneetown” Bridge starting Monday, April 10 2017.
This daytime lane and 10 ft. load width restriction is to allow use of a UBIV- Under Bridge Inspection Vehicle and other equipment to conduct a detailed inspection of the bridge substructure.
The week of April 10-14, 2017, motorists should be prepared to encounter one lane traffic with alternating flow controlled by flaggers between approximately 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., CDT, whenever weather allows.
The week of April 17-21, 2017, no lane or load width restrictions are planed as the contractor will have climbers inspecting the main truss. Lane restrictions will be only be in place for a few minutes at a time when climbers are accessing the bridge. Motorists should use appropriate caution where inspectors may be along the bridge deck from time to time as they go about their work.
All Kentucky bridges get a full inspection every other year. Long-span bridges over rivers and lakes get an extra walk-through inspection anually.
Motorists should use appropriate caution where equipment, flaggers, and inspection personnel are along the roadway in close proximity to traffic flow.
The Shawneetown Bridge connects KY 56 (Morganfield-Shawneetown Road) at the 0 mile marker with Illinois Route 13 across the Ohio River between Morganfield, Kentucky, and Shawneetown, Illinois. Approximately 3,100 vehicles cross the bridge in an average day.
The 3,200 ft. structure opened to traffic in June of 1956, maintaining a historic transportation link that started with ferry service at the site as early as 1802.
The Shawneetown Bridge, also known as the Earle Clements Bridge, is at Ohio River navigation mile point 858.1