The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said the crash site has been cleared, but it may take several hours for the traffic backup caused by the blockage to clear.
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All Kentucky bridges must be inspected every two years, as required by the Federal Highway Administration. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd said that requirement is why the inspectors had to get to work on the bridges at the same time.
The eastbound lanes reopened by around 2 p.m. Sunday. But, as of about 3 p.m., the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said it may take another hour or two for backed up traffic to clear.
Interstate 24 eastbound is back open to traffic on and near the bridge between Paducah and Metropolis, Illinois, the McCracken County Sheriff's Office says.
The McCracken County Sheriff's Department says the scene of a semitrailer crash on the Interstate 24 Ohio River bridge has been cleared.