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.

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