CAIRO – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced Tuesday traffic will reduce to one lane on the U.S. 51 Ohio River “Cairo” Bridge between Wickliffe, Kentucky and Cairo starting Monday, August 22.
Officials said the lane reduction is necessary for a detailed inspection of the bridge structure.
The work zone will be in place from 8 a.m. to about 4 p.m. each day. Flaggers will be controlling traffic. There will be a maximum 10 ft. load width restriction in this work zone.
Farmers and businesses with wide loads will be able to cross the bridge during daylight hours prior to the start of, or after the end of the daily inspection work.
Crews inspecting the bridge will be using a Under Bridge Inspection Vehicle on the lower portion of the bridge structure for about five days. Once this portion of the inspection work is completed, the remainder of the inspection activity will be conducted by climbers with minimal impact on traffic flow.
The target completion date for all inspection work on the U.S. 51 Ohio River “Cairo” Bridge is Sept. 1.
Officials asked for drivers to use caution where equipment, flaggers, and inspection personnel are along the bridge deck in close proximity to traffic flow. Some minor delays are possible during the movement and placement of equipment to facilitate the inspection work.