Wickliffe-Cairo Bridge lane restrictions Wednesday


MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. - The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to restrict traffic to one lane on the US 51/US 60/US 62 Ohio River Bridge between Wickliffe, Ky., and Cairo, Ill., Wednesday.

Motorists can expect to encounter one lane traffic with alternating flow controlled by flaggers from about 9 a.m. to about 1:00 p.m., CDT, today.

The lane restriction is to allow preparation for more extensive work that is expected to start in the next few weeks.

Motorists should be alert for equipment, flaggers, and personnel on the bridge deck in close proximity to traffic flow.  Delays should be minimal, generally less than 5 minutes.

The Wickliffe-Cairo Bridge carries US 51, US 60, and US 62 traffic across the Ohio River at US 51 Kentucky mile point 7.372.

Also known as The Cairo Bridge, the US 51/US 60/US 62 Wickliffe-Cairo Bridge carries approximately 5,500 vehicles across the Ohio River each day between Wickliffe, Ky., and Cairo, Ill.   It connects with the US 60/US 62 Mississippi River Bridge to Bird’s Point, Mo. at the southern tip of Illinois.

The US 51 Ohio River Bridge was constructed by the Cairo Bridge Commission as a toll facility and opened to traffic on November 11, 1936.  Tolls were removed from the crossing on November 11, 1948, when the highway departments of Kentucky and Illinois took over maintenance of the structure.