U.S. 45 Ohio River Brookport Bridge is back open

Published: Nov. 27, 2021 at 3:43 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 1, 2021 at 3:14 PM CST
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PADUCAH, Ky. (KFVS) - The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet temporarily closed the U.S. 45 Ohio River Brookport Bridge between Paducah, Ky. and Brookport, Ill.

The bridge opened an hour early on Wednesday, December 1, at 1:15 p.m.

According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the temporary closure was to allow repairs to the grated metal decking and to clean out a manhole at the Illinois end of the bridge.

The KYTC bridge crew also worked on guardrail and other maintenance items.

KYTC engineers will run a maintenance check on the navigation lighting and work up plans for future enhancements to the lighting control system.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet also said the U.S. 45 Ohio River Brookport Bridge has a 15-ton load limit due to deck width.

The bridge is restricted to vehicles that are no more than 8-feet wide and has a 9-foot, 6-inch height.

The vehicle height restriction for the bridge forbids most commercial trucks and all STAA trucks.

Farm equipment and permitted loads are prohibited from crossing the bridge.

The 10-span bridge carries about 4,200 vehicles across the Ohio River each day between Paducah, Ky. and Brookport, Ill.

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