U.S. 45 Ohio River ‘Brookport’ Bridge now re-open

The Brookport Bridge is back open. The span between Illinois and Kentucky has been closed since Monday due to icy conditions.
Published: Jan. 30, 2023 at 5:01 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 2, 2023 at 5:18 PM CST
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(KFVS) - The U.S. 45 Ohio River “Brookport” Bridge is now back open as of February 2. The bridge originally closed at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, January 30.

According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the metal decking was expected to ice over after dark based on precipitation and dropping temperatures.

To avoid waiting until the ice causes a crash, they said they were closing the bridge. It remained closed until the temperatures warmed up enough to melt the ice on the decking.

Based on the National Weather Service forecast, they originally predicted the bridge to be open during the day on Wednesday, February 1.

The bridge crosses the Ohio River between Paducah, Ky. and Brookport, Ill.