Cairo bridgeMcCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. (4/22/13) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is reviewing bids this week for a planned project that will impact truck traffic on the U.S. 51 Ohio River Bridge between Wickliffe, KY, and Cairo, IL. Trucks will have to be rerouted for approximately 70 days beginning in June.
 
“We’re reviewing bids this week for repairs on bridge deck stringers and replacement of seven joints on the bridge decking,” said KYTC District 1 Chief Engineer Jim LeFevre. “This bridge maintenance project will require trucks to be excluding from the bridge during the work starting sometime after June 10th.”

Excluding trucks from the bridge work zone turns a six-mile trip from Wickliffe to Cairo into a 80-mile detour.
 
“We recognize this is going to be a major inconvenience for area shippers. However, this maintenance work is required to maintain the long-term viability and reliability of this important river crossing,” LeFevre said. “We want to give area farmers and industries as much notice as possible so that they may begin planning their route adjustments.”
 
LeFevre noted that by maintaining passenger vehicle traffic, commuters who travel between Kentucky, Illinois and Missouri will still be able to get to and from work. While the project is scheduled for 70 working-days, LeFevre says his engineers are optimistic it can be completed more quickly than that if the weather cooperates.
 
Once a winning bid is selected, the contractor will meet with KYTC engineers to set a project schedule with a specific start date sometime after June 10th.

Also known as the Cairo Bridge, the U.S. 51 Ohio River Bridge also carries U.S. 60 and U.S. 62 between Kentucky and Illinois. It connects with the U.S. 60/U.S. 62 Mississippi River Bridge which carries traffic between Illinois and Missouri. Commercial trucks make up about 35 percent of the 5,500 vehicles that cross the Ohio River each day, making it a key transportation link between the three states.

The structure 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 assumed responsibility for maintenance on the bridge.
 
SurfKY News
Information provided by Keith Todd
Photo provided by SurfKY Graphics

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Posted on 2/2/14
3/13 - 16
3/13 - 16

Most Read This Week

July 02, 2015 14249

Emergency Response Team on Scene of Standoff on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
July 02, 2015 6099

Police: Stand Off Suspect in Critical Condition

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
June 29, 2015 4978

UPDATE: Victim of Home Invasion/Homicide Died of…

by SurfKY News
June 29, 2015 3792

Accused Synthetic Marijuana Traffickers Appear in…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
June 28, 2015 3581

'Curb Service’ at Local Eatery Ends with DUI…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

June 24, 2015 45182

Western Kentucky, Southern Indiana's Largest…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
July 02, 2015 14249

Emergency Response Team on Scene of Standoff on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

July 02, 2015 14249

Emergency Response Team on Scene of Standoff on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
July 02, 2015 6099

Police: Stand Off Suspect in Critical Condition

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
July 01, 2015 2351

Crime Stoppers Top Most Wanted - July 2, 2015

by Crime Stoppers
July 03, 2015 1907

KMA Reminds Motorist of New Kentucky Red Light Law

by David Holt
July 02, 2015 1478

North Middle School Welcomes New Principal

by Julie Wischer
July 02, 2015 1259

Hanson Approves Budget on Second Reading

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
July 02, 2015 1112

Hopkins County Health Department Food Scores Thru…

by Barry Franklin
July 02, 2015 1011

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports Released –…

by SurfKY News
July 03, 2015 750

UPDATE - Suspicious Package under Investigation

by SurfKY News
July 03, 2015 642

Planning Commission Approves Re-zoning…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News