The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to close the U.S. 45 Ohio River “Brookport” Bridge on Thursday morning, April 30, 2020.
The U.S. 45 Ohio River “Brookport” Bridge will be closed to all traffic starting at 8:45 a.m., CDT, on Thursday, to allow an annual walk-through inspection.
There will be no marked detour. Motorists may self-detour via the I-24 Ohio River Bridge between Paducah and Metropolis.
Normal traffic on the U.S. 45 Ohio River “Brookport” Bridge is expected to be restored by about 12 p.m. Thursday.
All Kentucky bridges are subject to a detailed inspection every two years with long-span river and lake bridges getting an additional annual walk-through safety check annually.
Also known as the Brookport Bridge and the Irvin S. Cobb Bridge, the structure is at U.S. 45 McCracken County mile point 12.882.
Due to deck width, the bridge has a 15-ton load limit. It is restricted to vehicles no more than 8 feet wide and has a 9 ft. 6 in. vehicle height restriction, which prohibits most commercial trucks and prohibits all STAA Trucks. Farm equipment and permitted loads of any kind are prohibited from crossing.
The 10-span bridge carries approximately 5,000 vehicles across the Ohio River each day between Paducah and Brookport. The 5,385 ft. structure at Ohio River navigation mile point 937.3 was opened to traffic in 1929.
Timely traffic advisories for the 12 counties of KYTC Highway District 1 are available by going towww.facebook.com/kytcdistrict1.