US60SpottsvilleBridgeHENDERSON COUNTY, Ky. (12/5/17) — Highway officials reported the U.S. 60 Green River "Spottsville" bridge is expected to return to two-way traffic within the next hour or two.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Bridge Division has completed loading calculations on repaired areas along on one of the east approach spans, KYTC Spokesman Keith Todd said.

Those calculations indicate the bridge can be reopened to normal traffic flow with weight restrictions for trucks similar to those posted prior to the repair.

The KYTC Henderson County Highway Maintenance Crew will be at the bridge in the next hour or two to remove the automated traffic signal and one lane traffic restriction, Todd said. Traffic may have to be halted for short periods to allow the traffic signal and traffic barrels from the bridge deck.

Motorists should use caution as KYTC personnel change the traffic control configuration on the bridge.

This removal of the lane restriction and the 18-ton load limit will allow farm equipment and some trucks to again cross the bridge.

Over the weekend, a contractor completed repairs at two locations on one of the east approach spans. The bridge was originally to be closed for two weekends to facilitate the repair work. However, the contractor complete all of the repairs in one weekend closure.

Intech Contracting, LLC, of Lexington was the prime contractor on the $62,600 repair project.

The US 60 Green River “Spottsville” Bridge was restricted to one lane traffic with alternating flow controlled by an automated signal and an 18-ton maximum load limit after October 5th, when inspectors found issues with some steel sections on one of the east approach spans. The bridge was initially restricted to an 8-ton load limit. However, by restricting traffic to one lane with an automated signal, engineers were able to raise the load restriction to 18-tons.

The Transportation Cabinet, Kentucky State Police, KSP Division of Vehicle Enforcement, and the Henderson County Sheriff’s Department have provided escorts for caravans to allow farmers to move large equipment back and forth over the Green River along the Audubon Parkway while the temporary lane and 18-ton load restriction was in place on the Spottsville bridge.

The U.S. 60 Green River “Spottsville” Bridge is located at U.S. 60 mile point 19.388 in Henderson County. Also known as the Spottsville Bridge and the Richard W. Owen Memorial Bridge, the 1,102 foot structure with a 359 foot main span was built as a toll bridge and opened to traffic in December 1931. Tolls were removed in August 1945.

Approximately 3,000 vehicles cross the bridge in an average day. The bridge is 9 miles east of the U.S. 41/U.S. 60 Cloverleaf at Henderson and about 6 miles west of the Henderson-Daviess County line.

The Spottsville Bridge is at Green River navigation mile point 8.6.

A new $28 million bridge to carry U.S. 60 across the Green River at Spottsville is in final stages of design. KYTC engineers indicate the new bridge could be ready for bid late in 2018 or sometime in 2019. Construction of the new bridge is expected to take about two years to complete.

Henderson area residents may get updated information on this project and other KYTC projects at www.facebook.com/kytcdistrict2. Navigate traffic with KYTC at goky.ky.gov or with WAZE at waze.com or with the WAZE App.

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