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UPDATE AT 1:30 P.M: The Bridge is now open.

UPDATE AT 11 A.M: The Bridge closure has been extended to 2 p.m Thursday. As sign and maintenance work on the bridge was being completed, engineers found  a section of the metal decking was in need of repairs.

PADUCAH — The U.S. 45 Ohio River bridge connecting Paducah and Brookport, Illinois, will be closed for a couple of hours Thursday for maintenance, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says. 

KYTC says the Brookport bridge will be closed from 9 a.m. to about 11 a.m. Thursday. During the closure, crews will repair overhead signs and carry out right-of-way maintenance work on the bridge approaches. The bridge will be closed while a bucket truck is used in the roadway to work on the signs. 

There is no marked detour. Drivers are advised to self-detour using the I-24 Ohio River bridge into Metropolis. A reminder: construction is ongoing on the I-24 bridge, and drivers must slow down as their near that work zone and pay careful attention to their surroundings to avoid collisions.