Lane restriction on Shawneetown Bridge for work on navigation lights

SHAWNEETOWN, IL (KFVS) - Drivers are warned to be aware of a lane restriction on the Shawneetown Bridge Friday afternoon.

The lane restriction is to allow Kentucky Transportation Cabinet electricians to work on the bridge navigation lights.

Drivers should be prepared to encounter slowing and stopped traffic on the bridge, according to the KYTC.

Equipment, flaggers, and maintenance personnel will be on the bridge deck 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. About 3800 vehicles cross the bridge in an average day.

The bridge opened to traffic in 1956, maintaining a historic transportation link that started with ferry service at the site as early as 1802.

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