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First Alert Traffic: Expect delays on Shawneetown bridge

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Work beginning on the Ohio River Bridge between Shawneetown, Illinois and Morganfield, Kentucky Wednesday is expected to cause delays for the next several weeks.

Contractors for the the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) have already completed Phase One of of the resurfacing project on the KY 56/IL Route 13 bridge, and Phase Two now includes lane shifting changes that will create delays for drivers crossing the bridge.

Traffic is restricted to one lane and a 10-foot maximum load width.

The KYTC says delays have been minor, generally less than about 5 minutes, but some extended delays are possible during overnight concrete pours.

About 3,800 vehicles cross the bridge in an average day.

Crews have been working extended hours in an attempt to make up for time lost to recent thunderstorms and showers, in order to finish the project by the end of September.

American Contracting and Services of Jeffersonville, Indiana, is the prime contractor on the $2.7 million bridge deck overlay project.  

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