KYTC to close US 51/US 60/US 62 Ohio River Bridge Dec. 3

CAIRO, IL (KFVS) - The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to halt traffic on the US 51/US 60/US 62 Ohio River Bridge between Wickliffe, Ky., and Cairo, Ill., starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, December 3.

An electrical crew plans to halt traffic for about 30 to 45 minutes starting around 10 a.m., on Tuesday, to replace the aviation light on top of the bridge superstructure. This work requires use of a man-lift that takes up both lanes of travel on the bridge deck. No traffic will be able to cross the bridge during the work.

Traffic on the US 51/US 60/US 62 Ohio River Bridge will be halted by flaggers placed at each end of the bridge. Replacement of the aviation light at the top of the bridge is required to maintain safety of the bridge and aircraft flying in the area.

The Wickliffe-Cairo Bridge carries US 51, US 60 and US 62 traffic across the Ohio River at US 51 Kentucky mile point 7.372.

Also known as The Cairo Bridge, the US 51/US 60/US 62 Wickliffe-Cairo Bridge carries approximately 5,500 vehicles across the Ohio River each day between Wickliffe, Ky., and Cairo, Ill. It connects with the US 60/US 62 Mississippi River Bridge to Bird's Point, Missouri at the southern tip of Illinois.

The US 51 Ohio River Bridge was constructed by the Cairo Bridge Commission as a toll facility and opened to traffic on November 11, 1936. Tolls were removed from the crossing on November 11, 1948, when the highway agencies of Kentucky and Illinois took over maintenance of the structure.

The Cairo-Wickliffe Bridge is at Ohio River navigation mile point 980.4.

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