U.S. 51 Ohio River ‘Cairo’ Bridge back open to traffic

WICKLIFFE, KY — The U.S. 51 Ohio River “Cairo” Bridge that connects Wickliffe, Kentucky, to Cairo, Illinois, is back open to traffic Thursday afternoon, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says.

The bridge has been closed since Friday, March 2, due to flooding from the river. The bridge reopened Thursday, March 8, at 3:15 p.m. The closure had created an 80-mile detour, creating delays for many, as about 4,700 vehicles cross the bridge on average daily.

KYTC spokesman Keith Todd says engineers spent much of the day Thursday checking and repairing the levee at the Kentucky end of the bridge where floodwaters closed U.S. 51 at the 7 mile marker. Crews spent much of the day clearing debris and checking the levee and road for damage.

After the road was cleared, engineers performed a final check and found the bridge was safe for travel.

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