bluebridge3DAVIESS COUNTY, Ky. (11/26/13) — A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has substantially completed painting of the Kentucky 2262 Ohio River “Blue” Bridge, allowing it to open to normal traffic starting at Noon, Wednesday, Nov.

The bridge has been closed since May 13th for painting. Closing the bridge to all traffic has allowed the contractor to complete the $10.2 million project 11 months ahead of schedule.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd noted that the extra 12 days the bridge has remained closed this month means the contractor will not have to be back next year. He did, however, say there could be some limited lane restrictions for a few days during off-peak travel hours between Thanksgiving and Christmas to allow some minor touch-up work along the bridge approaches.

The contractor will be working on touch-up efforts right up until the bridge opens to further minimize the need for lane restrictions in coming weeks.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 2 Chief Engineer Kevin McClearn expressed thanks to area commuters and businesses for their patience during the closure.

Inspectors made one last check of the bridge today, followed by a brief walk-through inspection by local officials. McClearn said it was only at the end of the final inspection today that the contractor could set an opening time on Wednesday.

Also known as the Blue Bridge and the Glover Cary Bridge the 4,622 ft. Structure connects Kentucky 2262 and Indiana State Route 161 over the Ohio River at Owensboro.

Approximately 7,300 vehicles cross the Ohio River on the Blue Bridge between Kentucky and Indiana in an average day. The structure opened to traffic in September 1940 as a toll bridge. The tolls were discontinued in 1954.

The Blue Bridge is at Ohio River navigation mile point 756.3 and is a prominent part of the Owensboro skyline.

SurfKY News
Information provided by Keith Todd

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission.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.

In Other News...

High School Student Awarded the National Legion of Valor Bronze Cross

HENDERSON, Ky. (9/1/15) — Henderson County High School student and JROTC Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Trevor Owens, has… Read More

Lady Mustangs Drop Home Match to Grayson County

GREENVILLE, Ky. (9/1/15) — Host Muhlenberg County fell to Grayson County in a high school volleyball match on Monday.… Read More

Most Read This Week

August 31, 2015 6282

Man Convicted of Hopkins Countian's Death Granted…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 27, 2015 4889

All is Well after MNHHS Lockdown

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 30, 2015 3798

UPDATED: 'He Fought the Law ... but, the Law Won'

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 27, 2015 2722

Kentucky Career Center Blood Drive Aug. 31

by SurfKY News
August 30, 2015 2314

Happenings, Meetings Listed for Following Week

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

August 06, 2015 18427

Muhlenberg Woman Reportedly Suffers Violent…

by SurfKY News
August 24, 2015 11799

Teen Reports Slasher Attempted to Attack Him on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

September 01, 2015 1495

Small Business Tax Credit Workshop

by SurfKY News
September 01, 2015 1193

Traffic Stop Leads to Meth Charge for Driver

by SurfKY News
September 01, 2015 1186

Central City Gospelfest Planned for September 2

by SurfKY News
September 01, 2015 931

Hopkins District Court Fines Handed Down

by SurfKY News
September 01, 2015 894

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports Released -…

by SurfKY News
September 01, 2015 872

Governor Lauds Launch of Kentucky's New I-Way

by SurfKY News
September 01, 2015 671

Annual 'Swingin' for Sadie' Tourneys Set for…

by SurfKY News
September 01, 2015 660

Child Injured in Wreck, Father Charged with DUI

by SurfKY News
September 01, 2015 524

Pet of the Day - Morty

by SurfKY News
September 01, 2015 516

Color Run Raises Funds for Cancer Research

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News