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Shawneetown Bridge resumes Daytime Lane and Load Width Restrictions Today May 2, 2017

Shawneetown Bridge resumes Daytime Lane and Load Width Restrictions Today May 2, 2017

Bill Stephens

May 2nd, 2017


Due to rain delays during April, a contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to resume a daytime lane and load width restriction on the KY 56/Illinois Route 13 Ohio River “Shawneetown” Bridge on TUESDAY, May 2, 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 inspection crew plans to be on the KY 56 Ohio River “Shawneetown” Bridge between 9:00 a.m. and about 6 p.m., on Tuesday.

Due to rain in the forecast on Wednesday and Thursday, no lane restrictions are planned on those days. Based on progress on Tuesday, we hope to provide an updated schedule later in the week for inspection work that may be required for Friday.

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

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