PDT Staff Writer
Officials with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KTC) said Friday afternoon they have begun advertising for bids to replace a damaged steel beam on the Ashland, Ky. closed 12th Street bridge.
The bridge was damaged recently when it was struck by an unknown vehicle on the Ohio approach of the bridge. The bridge carries traffic one way across the Ohio River from Ohio to Kentucky, linking U.S. routes 52 and U.S. 23.
According to released information, bids for the project are expected to be opened on June 14. After a contractor is chosen, work will be fast-tracked with a targeted completion date of July 31.
In the meantime KTC officials have temporarily converted Ashland’s 13th Street Bridge to two-way traffic while they await bids to come in for the project.
The KTC is advising motorists that traffic on U.S. 52 in Ohio will take the Ashland exit pass the closed 12th Street bridge, and turn right onto the 13th Street bridge. Cones will mark the lane to US 23-Winchester Avenue where all traffic must turn right. Northbound U.S. 23 vehicles may continue straight and southbound U.S. 23 traffic can take the truck detour using Greenup Avenue.
Southbound traffic on U.S. 23-Winchester Avenue will be restricted to one left-turn lane where they can turn left onto the 13th Street bridge (The dedicated left-turn lane has been eliminated to give incoming traffic more room to maneuver). Two lanes will then carry traffic across the bridge to access U.S. 52 toward either Ironton or South Point.
It is anticipated by officials that two-way traffic pattern on the 13th Street bridge will be in place for several months.
According to Allen Blair, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 9 Information Officer, to keep the public up to date with repair plans, the Kentucky Department of Highways District 9 has established a web page with detailed traffic maps, current bridge status, a project timeline and other information. The public may access the web page at Transportation.ky.gov/District-9/Pages/Ashland-Bridges.aspx, or at Transportation.ky.gov/District-9 by clicking “Ashland Bridges.”
For more information about the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 9 visit, transportation.ky.gov/district-9/Pages/default.aspx.
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