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U.S. 51 Ohio River ‘Cairo’ Bridge to Close for 30 Days Starting Saturday

Photo: Keith Todd, KYTC

PADUCAH – If you use the U.S. 51 Ohio River “Cairo” Bridge, you’ll have to find another way to your destination starting this weekend.

Keith Todd, Public Information Officer with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s District 1 office in Paducah, says the bridge will close at 6:30 Saturday morning and will remain closed for up to 30 days – to around Aug. 31 – so a contractor can do extensive maintenance work along a nearly two-mile section of the Kentucky approach levee. The closure will also accelerate an ongoing deck and expansion joint maintenance project on the bridge.

Since there is not a specific detour for the bridge, Todd says an alternate route will be available.

Motorists who use the Cairo Bridge to travel between Wickliffe, Kentucky and Cairo, Illinois, will have an 82-mile detour via the I-24 Ohio River Bridge at Paducah.

Todd says notice about the extended closure plan has been sent to travel sites and websites that cater to cross-country truckers as 35 percent of bridge traffic comes from truckers.

The bridge connects with the U.S. 60/62 Mississippi River Bridge that carries traffic between Illinois and Missouri.

The target completion date for all work on the project is Oct. 1.