U.S. 45 Ohio River ‘Brookport’ Bridge reopened after walk-through inspection

U.S. 45 Ohio River ‘Brookport’ Bridge reopened after walk-through inspection
Also known as the Brookport Bridge and the Irvin S. Cobb Bridge, it’s located on U.S. 45 in McCracken County at mile point 12.882. (Source: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet)

PADUCAH, Ky. (KFVS) - The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet closed the U.S. 45 Ohio River “Brookport” Bridge on Thursday morning, April 30.

The closure to all traffic began at 8:45 a.m. for an annual walk-through inspection.

The bridge inspection was completed a short time later and the bridge was reopened to traffic at approximately 10 a.m.

According to KYTC, all Kentucky bridges are subject to a detailed inspection every two years with long-span river and lake bridges getting an additional annual walk-through safety check annually.

Also known as the Brookport Bridge and the Irvin S. Cobb Bridge, it’s located on U.S. 45 in McCracken County at mile point 12.882.

The bridge has a 15-ton load limit due to deck width. It is restricted to vehicles no more than 8 feet wide and has a 9-foot, 6-inch vehicle height restriction, which prohibits most commercial trucks and prohibits all STAA trucks. Farm equipment and permitted loads of any kind are prohibited from crossing.

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