PADUCAH, KY (KFVS) - The US 45 Ohio River “Brookport” Bridge was closed starting on Wednesday, May 8 for maintenance and repair work.
The bridge was only expected to be closed for about a week, but additional time is needed by contractors to make repairs.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) said on Tuesday, May 14, the bridge could remain closed for at least 30 days.
Crews making repairs reportedly told KYTC inspectors additional work was required on one of the structures main span piers.
“As ongoing maintenance and repair work has continued, our bridge engineers have worked with the contractor to add to the scope of the current contract,” KYTC District 1 Chief Engineer Kyle Poat said. “The additional work will require the contractor to jack up the end of one of the main truss spans, necessitating at least a 30-day closure.”
Drivers who normally take the US 45 Ohio River “Brookport” Bridge between Kentucky and Illinois should detour via the Interstate 24 Ohio River Bridge until further notice.
According to KYTC, the bridge is restricted to vehicles no more than 8-feet wide, which prohibits most commercial trucks from crossing.
They say the contractor has had a number of issues with trucks wider than that crossing the bridge and driving through the work zone, which has created safety issues for workers involved in the bridge maintenance and repair.
The project will cost a total of $183,902. It has an August 1, 2019 target completion date.
The 10-span bridge carries about 5,000 vehicles across the river each day between Paducah, Ky. and Brookport, Ill.