Work on US 51 Ohio River Bridge to begin July 29


Web Editor - Ryan Burkett

WICKLIFFE, Ky. - Work to repair the US 51 Ohio River Bridge between Wickliffe, Kentucky and Cairo, Illinois is set to begin Monday, July 29.

The work was originally set to begin July 22, but the contractor has asked for a one week delay.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 1 Chief Engineer Jim LeFevre says the project includes repairs to deck stringers and replacement of 10 joints on the bridge and approaches, as well as deck patching.

The KYTC says the project will restrict traffic to a 7-foot maximum load width for about eight weeks. The restriction will prohibit trucks, buses, motorhomes and vehicles pulling trailers from crossing the bridge during that time.

The work zone turns a six-mile trip from Wickliffe to Cairo into an 80-mile trip for restricted vehicles.

“We recognize this is going to be a major inconvenience for area shippers and cross-country travelers. That’s why we’ve been providing regular updates over the last several months running up to the work to allow everyone to think ahead and plan alternate routes of travel,” LeFevre said. “This maintenance work is required to maintain the long-term viability and reliability of this river crossing.”

A 24-hour police presence will be in effect at the bridge to enforce the work zone restrictions.