Brookport Bridge reopened after being hit by barge

Brookport Bridge reopened after being hit by barge

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY (KFVS) - The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet received a report of a barge hitting the U.S. 45 Ohio River "Brookport" Bridge on Friday, July 17.

The U.S. Coast Guard reported that a tow hit the bridge at Paducah at 5:10 p.m. on Friday.

According to the Coast Guard Operations Center, the Motor Vessel Dan Elder was pushing 15 empty barges when the wind pushed the tow into the right descending pier of the river channel span of the bridge. This put a 4-inch dent in the starboard bow of the second from the lead barge in the tow.

The boat was pulled to the shoreline on the Illinois side of the Ohio River, near Brookport, to further assess the damage to the barge.

Keith Todd, with KYTC, said inspectors ran a safety check on the bridge structure and gave it an "all clear."

The Brookport Bridge connects Paducah, Ky. and Brookport, Ill. It was opened to traffic in 1929.

Due to deck width, the bridge is currently restricted to vehicles no more than 8 feet wide, which prohibits most trucks.

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