The only way to get across the Ohio River “Blue Bridge” in Owensboro Saturday morning will be by foot. The bridge will be closed to vehicles from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. for a Bridge Day event.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says a marked detour will take cars over the US 231 Ohio River “Natcher” Bridge, a route that will add 10 minutes of travel time between Reo, Indiana and downtown Owensboro.
An electrical engineering firm is set to inspect the 112 lights atop the Glover H. Cary Bridge in downtown Owensboro. That means drivers should expect delays all of next week, beginning Monday.
The Messenger-Inquirer reports the lights on the top of the bridge haven’t been turned back on since the bridge was closed for re-painting in the spring of 2013. The bridge re-opened in November, but the lights remain off, pending inspection to make sure they meet current National Electrical Code standards.
The traffic lanes on the bridge are illuminated by street lamps.
The repainting of Owensboro's "Blue Bridge" is running ahead of schedule. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd says the original plan called for the bridge to be closed until late this year to allow painting to be completed on the main truss of the span, which connects Daviess County to southern Indiana.
"We think we'll be finished with the main truss around the middle of next week," Todd told WKU Public Radio Friday. "That will allow them to turn around and then begin painting the approach spans."
Todd says two full work crews have worked a combined twelve hours a day, seven days a week throughout the summer to get the main bulk of the work done on the span officially known as the Glover H. Cary bridge.
The contractor is hoping to have the approach spans painted before November 15th, when the bridge is set to re-open. An estimated 8,500 vehicles cross the Owensboro Blue Bridge daily.
A rusting a faded bridge that connects Owensboro, Ky., to southern Indiana will close for around six months while it is painted.
The Messenger-Inquirer reports Owensboro Mayor Ron Payne made the announcement Monday during a speech at the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Payne said the $17 million paint job for the Glover H. Cary Bridge, known simply as the "blue bridge," would take up to two years if a lane is kept open for traffic, so officials decided to close it and get the job done quicker. He said the bridge would close in May after the International Bar-B-Q Festival and wouldn't "until they get it finished," which is expected to happen by November.
"I kind of like that," Payne said of the shorter schedule. "Knock it out all at one time."