HENDERSON, Ky. (8/13/14) — A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is planning a southbound traffic shift for the US 41 Twin Bridges between Henderson, Ky., and Evansville, Ind., starting Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014.
Starting Thursday, all southbound traffic will move to the right-hand or driving lane to facilitate an ongoing detailed inspection of the bridge structure.
Southbound motorists can expect to encounter lane restrictions between about 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., CDT, Thursday and Friday with climbers working on the bridge above traffic until about 5 p.m., each day. Inspectors have indicated southbound lane restrictions may need to continue Monday and Tuesday of next week to allow them to complete their work. Inspection of the northbound bridge was completed last week.
Southbound motorists should be prepared to encounter slowing and merging traffic on the bridge approach. Appropriate caution is required where equipment, flaggers and inspection personnel are on the bridge deck in close proximity to traffic flow. While it may appear there are only one of two people working on the bridge deck, there will be numerous inspectors climbing the bridge superstructure who may not be visible to passing motorists.
All Kentucky bridges get a detailed inspection every two years with long-span river and lake bridges getting an extra walk-through safety inspection annually.
The US 41 Twin Bridges, also known as the Bi-State Viet Nam Gold Star Memorial Bridges, are located at US 41 mile point 19.649 about a mile south of the Kentucky-Indiana State Line. They carry approximately 37,000 vehicles per day across the Ohio River between Henderson, Ky., and Evansville, Ind.
The bridges are located about a mile downstream from the confluence of the Green River and the Ohio River at Ohio River navigation mile point 786.8.
The northbound bridge was opened to traffic on July 4, 1932. The southbound bridge was opened to traffic Dec. 16,1965.Timely traffic advisories for the 11 counties of KYTC Highway District 2 are available by going to www.facebook.com/kytcdistrict2. You do not have to be a Facebook member to access this page.
Information provided by Keith Todd
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