KYTC schedules two public meetings in May to discuss future of U.S. 51 Ohio River Bridge


Web Editor - Mason Stevenson

PADUCAH, Ky. - The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced public meetings to discuss improvement or replacement options for the U.S. 51 Ohio River Bridge, also known as the Cairo Bridge, between Wickliffe, Kentucky an Cairo, Illinois.

The meetings will be held:

When:                Monday, May 20, 2013
Time:                  4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Where:               Cairo High School
                          4201 Sycamore Street
                          Cairo, IL 62914

When:                 Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Time:                   4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Where:                The Ballard Center - Community Room
                           547 West Kentucky Drive
                           LaCenter, KY 42056

Possible options that will be discussed at the meetings include:  rehabilitating of the existing bridge, replacing the bridge at its current location and construction of a new bridge in a new location.

KYTC officials want to stress that no decisions have been made concerning the bridge's future at this time.

The Cairo Bridge Commission built the bridge and opened it to traffic on November 11, 1938, as a toll facility. The highway agencies of Kentucky and Illinois took over maintenance of the structure 12 years later.

The bridge carries about 5,400 vehicles per day across the Ohio River at U.S. 51 to the U.S. 60/U.S. 62 Mississippi River Bridge between Illinois and Missouri and nearby Interstate 57.