Northbound bridge lanes will resume normal widths on Monday
MADISONVILLE, Ky. – Testing of welds on the U.S. 41 Southbound Twin Bridge in Henderson has been completed almost two weeks ahead of schedule. The team’s hard work, long days, and favorable weather allowed for this accelerated schedule, according to a news release from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
The southbound bridge is now fully operational, allowing traffic to resume at regular capacity.
Removing the additional southbound lane on the northbound bridge is scheduled for Monday morning, Nov. 13. The northbound bridge will be reduced to one lane after Monday morning’s rush hour to complete the necessary adjustments. The work is expected to be completed on the same day.
Just over 550 welds were tested, and 51 welds that would not meet the standards of a modern steel bridge were found. The contractor is actively working to address these 51 welds, with over 60% already repaired during the current closure.
KYTC officials said their commitment remains focused on ensuring public safety. The bridge’s current condition is sound and will remain open to traffic. The contractors are analyzing the best approach to upgrade the remaining welds and anticipate completing the remaining work sometime next year.
Motorists must reduce speed and obey traffic signals while traveling over the northbound bridge until the narrow lanes can be reverted to their regular widths on Monday.