Eastbound I-24 Ohio River bridge to be closed Tuesday morning

By Heartland News

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY (KFVS) - Eastbound lanes of the Interstate 24 bridge between Illinois and Kentucky will be closed between 9 a.m. and approximately 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

This closure for eastbound traffic between Paducah and Metropolis is to allow the McCracken County Sheriff's Department to conduct a crash reconstruction as part of an ongoing investigation into a deadly crash that occurred on the bridge last Wednesday.

Eastbound passenger vehicle traffic will be rerouted off I-24 at the US 45 Metropolis Exit 37 to southbound US 45 and across the Irvin Cobb bridge into Kentucky.

Once eastbound traffic enters Kentucky message boards will direct motorists to follow US 45 to KY 305/Old Cairo Road and then connect back to the I-24 at Exit 3 in Paducah.

Since tractor-trailer traffic is not allowed on the US 45 Ohio River bridge at Brookport, truck traffic will be stopped on I-24 until the investigation is complete.

McCracken County Sheriff Jon Hayden said the crash reconstruction investigation is likely to take about an hour.

Eastbound drivers on I-24 should be alert for slowing, merging, and stopped traffic as they approach the US 45 Metropolis Exit 37.

Drivers should be prepared to follow the detour route along US 45 South through Brookport and into Paducah.

Drivers who normally travel US 45 and KY 305 and residents along the detour route should be prepared for increased traffic flow between about 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Appropriate caution is advised.  Some delays are likely along the detour due to increased traffic volume.

There should be no impact on westbound traffic along I-24 through the area.

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