US 51/Cairo Bridge open after several hours of repairs

US 51/Cairo bridge closed for repairs

WICKLIFFE, KY (KFVS) - The US 51/Cairo Bridge connecting Kentucky and Illinois is open following several hours of bridge repair on Thursday, Oct. 11.

The roadway opened around 12:06 a.m. on Friday.

According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the bridge was closed for joint repair.

Motorists complained about a noisy expansion joint in the bridge deck, so a KYTC bridge inspector was dispatched to check the joint.

The repairs were expected to take up to 3 to 4 hours.

Drivers are asked to use caution in the area.

The only alternate route is through southern Illinois and to cross into Kentucky via the I-24 Ohio River Bridge at Paducah.

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