Lanes close on Clark Memorial Bridge as repairs get underway

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by Johnny Archer

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 14, 2013 at 5:44 AM

Updated Monday, Jan 14 at 2:37 PM

CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) -- Commuters who use the Clark Memorial Bridge are not too happy to hear that lanes will be closed on it, possibly for the next 60 days.

“This is going to be huge,” Scott Williams, a commuter from Louisville said. “We all saw what happened to the Sherman Minton (Bridge).”

Road crews were supposed to begin repairs on the bridge at 7:30   Monday morning, but had to delay the start by nearly an hour. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials say road crews could restripe the road in the sub-freezing temperature.

The project will replace handrails and sidewalks and repair bridge expansion joints on the northern side of the bridge (closer to Indiana). Only one lane in each direction will be open during the process.

“This is all taking place on the north end of the bridge on the Indiana approach,” Andrea Clifford, with Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said. “It is not lane closures on the entire structure, just on the areas where they need to work on the Indiana approach.”

Motorist should be advised traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction 24 hours a day while crews paint the steel, replace handrails & sidewalks and repair bridge expansion joints.  The contractor is permitted two 30-day time periods for the lane closures, one for each side of the bridge.  
 
The speed limit in the work zone will be reduced to 25 MPH for the duration of the project.  The project will be signed as a double fine work zone and is expected to be complete by April 15th

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