Traffic Advisory from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

MoDOT would like to pass along a traffic advisory from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Work to maintain and repair the U.S. 51 Ohio River Bridge between Wickliffe, Ky., and Cairo, Il., will restrict traffic to a 7-foot maximum load width starting Monday, July 29, 2013. The work zone restriction will prohibit trucks, buses, motor homes and vehicles pulling trailers from crossing the bridge for approximately 50 days. The work zone restrictions will go up at 9 a.m., CDT, July 29th and is expected to remain in place until about Sept. 14th.

The severely restricted work zone is to allow repairs to deck stringers and replacement of 10 joints on the bridge and approaches, as well as some deck patching.

In addition to the strictly enforced 7-foot maximum vehicle width, the turn radius on a curve at the Kentucky end of the bridge will prohibit vehicles more than 19-feet long, dual wheeled vehicles and vehicles pulling trailers. This will essentially limit the bridge to passenger vehicles and light trucks only until the work is completed.

The U.S. 51 Ohio River Bridge also carries U.S. 60 and U.S. 62 between Kentucky and Illinois. It immediately connects with the U.S. 60/U.S. 62 Mississippi River Bridge which carries traffic between Illinois and Missouri. Commercial trucks make up about 35 percent of the 5,500 vehicles that cross the Ohio River at the site each day, making it a key transportation link between the three states.

The bridge work zone restriction turns a six-mile trip from Wickliffe, Ky., to Cairo, Ill., into an 80-mile detour for restricted traffic. However, highway officials say making travel route adjustments before they arrive at the bridge will allow most trucks, motor homes, and travel buses to reduce the length of their detour.

Key Elements of the Work Zone include:
* 7-foot maximum load width
* 19-foot maximum vehicle length
* No dual-wheeled vehicles
* No trailers
* Barrier walls for worker safety
* 24-hour police presence with strict work zone enforcement

Due to work requirements on the bridge, vehicles that block the bridge or hit the barrier wall due to being more than 7 ft. wide will be subject to citations with a $245 fine or higher.


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