Brookport Bridge to reopen Tuesday
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Even though the sign warns the road is closed, many people have ignored the warnings to stay off of the Brookport bridge.  Kentucky officials warn if people continue strolling on the bridge, citations could be issued.
— Michele Longworth | Metropolis Planet
Even though the sign warns the road is closed, many people have ignored the warnings to stay off of the Brookport bridge. Kentucky officials warn if people continue strolling on the bridge, citations could be issued. — Michele Longworth | Metropolis Planet
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With the unsual spring-time temperatures lately, many local residents have enjoyed a stroll through uptown Metropolis, Fort Massac State Park or the George Rogers Clark Discovery Trail.

But if they decide to take a walk on the Brookport Bridge, which is closed while a tunnel is being constructed on the Kentucky side, they risk the possibility of receiving a citation.

According to Keith Todd, Public Information Officer with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet in Paducah, the bridge is off limits to both drivers and pedestrians.

Work continues on U.S. 45 that leads to the Brookport Bridge. The highway remains closed to allow for the installation of a 52-foot long lighted underpass that will connect two sections of Paducah’s Greenway Trail.

“Last week, we had reports of a commercial photographer taking families up there for group photos,” explained Todd, “And, we are seeing several pictures of people walking on the bridge that are popping up on social media.”

Pam Spencer, public information officer for the City of Paducah, said Monday that the bridge is expected to be open on Tuesday, weather permitting.

Todd though is concerned about the safety of those who venture past the closed signs, stating, “We are required to be pro-active when it comes to the safety of local residents. At this point, I would rather not tie up police resources, but at some point, we’ll do what we have to do.”

In 2013 the City of Paducah approved construction of the 1.2 mile concrete pedestrian and bicycle trail on the city’s flood wall levee between the skate park at Noble Park and U.S. 45 behind the Smoke Shop.

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