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Walk-through inspections on Ohio River bridges between Kentucky and Indiana starting next week

Bill Stephens

August 9th, 2021

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Motorists should use appropriate caution when these bridge work zones are active

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (Aug. 9, 2021) –  The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) and Indiana Department of Transportation have scheduled annual walk-through inspections of Ohio River bridges starting this week.

Motorists should be alert for daytime work zone lane restrictions at the following locations:

  • MONDAY, August 16 from 9 a.m. to about 2 p.m., CDT

U.S. 41 Twin Bridges at Henderson/Evansville starting on the southbound bridge then moving to northbound – All traffic moved to the left-hand or passing lane

  • TUESDAY, August 17 from 9 a.m. to about 11:30 a.m., CDT

U.S. 231 Ohio River “William Natcher” Bridge at Owensboro – Northbound only with traffic moved to the left-hand or passing lane

  • TUESDAY, August 17 from 1 p.m., CDT, to about 3 p.m.

KY 2266 Ohio River “Blue” Bridge at Owensboro – One lane traffic with flaggers controlling alternating flow

  • WEDNESDAY, August 19 from 9:00 a.m., CDT, to about 12 Noon

KY 69 Ohio River “Bob Cummings-Lincoln Trail” Bridge at Hawesville/Cannelton – One lane traffic with flaggers controlling alternating traffic flow

Motorists should use appropriate caution when these bridge work zones are active.

All bridges on public roadways get a detailed inspection every two years, with long-span river and lake bridges getting an annual walk-through inspection.  KYTC and INDOT engineers/inspectors use these annual walk-through inspections to discuss bridge maintenance projects that may be planned on the various structures, as well review any long-term maintenance efforts that may be required in the future.

Generally, one of the state highway agencies will be responsible for maintenance of a specific bridge with the neighboring state providing half of the funding.

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