U.S. 60/62 Mississippi River bridge closed after ‘critical issues’ found during inspection

According to a release from MoDOT, IDOT reported critical issues were found during the routine inspection that started on March 13.
Published: Mar. 23, 2023 at 3:17 PM CDT|Updated: May. 1, 2023 at 4:34 PM CDT
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CAIRO, Ill. (KFVS) - The Illinois and Missouri Departments of Transportation announced the U.S. 60/62 bridge over the Mississippi River will be closed to all traffic.

According to a release from the Missouri Department of Transportation, IDOT reported critical issues were found during the routine inspection that started on March 13.

They said the bridge will stay closed until a plan can be developed and implemented.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says message boards have been put in place to alert drivers.

KYTC said the detour for the closure of U.S. 60/U.S. 62 Mississippi River Bridge connecting Illinois and Missouri adds about 4.5 miles to a trip from Wickliffe, KY, and Charleston, MO. The detour is via U.S. 51 and Interstate 57.

KYTC said the detour for the closure of U.S. 60/U.S. 62 Mississippi River Bridge connecting...
KYTC said the detour for the closure of U.S. 60/U.S. 62 Mississippi River Bridge connecting Illinois and Missouri adds about 4.5 miles to a trip from Wickliffe, KY, and Charleston, MO. The detour is via U.S. 51 and Interstate 57.(Source: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet)

We talked to an IDOT engineer on Wednesday about the inspection process and future plans for the 93-year-old bridge.

The bridge connects Missouri and Illinois. It’s frequently used by farmers.