Travelers should be careful of the new lane location
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to swap which lane is closed on the southbound U.S. 41 twin bridge Tuesday.
KYTC officials said that the current lane closure will be swapped to the left lane of the southbound bridge, allowing traffic to use the right lane instead beginning Tuesday.
Three lanes of traffic are open on the northbound bridge, with two heading north and one heading south.
There is one lane of traffic on the southbound bridge where the inspections are taking place. All tractor trailers traveling south, must use the southbound bridge.
Contract bridge inspectors continue to identify welds on the lower portion of the structure. They are also preparing the weld surfaces by removing paint and rust, a task that began on Thursday. This preparation work will persist throughout the week.
The ongoing federally mandated inspection will require single-lane closures on the southbound bridge through Nov. 18. Digital message signs have been placed on U.S. 41-South notifying motorists of the traffic change.
To accommodate the equipment required for testing on the bridge, KYTC will restrict all truck traffic to a maximum width of 12 feet, prohibiting wide loads during the testing period.
Inspectors plan to work from daylight to dark, seven days a week, until the inspection is complete. This type of inspection work is not possible at night.
Some minor delays are possible during the movement and placement of equipment. Motorists should use appropriate caution where equipment, flaggers, and personnel are along the roadway in close proximity to traffic flow.