Unsafe driving conditions keep Cairo Bridge closed

One after the other, semi trucks start lining up along U.S. 51 in Ballard County. Barricades block them from moving forward, causing problems for drivers like Kelvin Sullivan.

"I had no idea that the water would be over the bridge," says Sullivan.

Keith Todd, spokesman for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, says the water is going down. But, he’s worried that the cold temperatures could create a number of slick spots.

"That becomes something of a judgment call of when it is safe to put people out there," says Todd.

While the bridge remains closed, crews are using this time to fill in pot holes, scrape mud from the road and remove debris. So, when it’s safe for cars to cross, the road will be ready.

"Safety is the No. 1 item here," says Todd.

That’s why the bridge will remain closed, for now.

"Looks like I’m going to have to detour back another 20 or 30 miles to get back and go another way," says Sullivan.

There’s no word yet on when it will reopen.

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