Traffic slow down across Kennedy Bridge, inspections to last weeks

Traffic slow down across Kennedy Bridge, inspections to last weeks

Traffic slow down across Kennedy Bridge, inspections to last weeks

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by WHAS11/Press Release

WHAS11.com

Posted on October 8, 2012 at 7:23 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 8 at 7:54 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) - - Expect delays across the Metro on the Kennedy Bridge starting Monday morning.

Engineers are inspecting the bridge that carries I-65 over the Ohio River.

It's a routine inspection done every two years.

Most of the inspections won't impact your drive but you can expect some lane closures in the evening starting next week.

Officials expect the inspections to be done by the October 20.

Press Release from Kentucky Department of Transportation:

Motorists may see some engineers "hanging around" next week on the John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge.  Inspection of this structure, which carries Interstate 65 over the Ohio River, is scheduled to begin October 8.

"A consultant engineering firm will be performing fracture critical inspection of the bridge," said Matt Bullock, chief district engineer for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 5, in Louisville.  "This type of detailed inspection is performed every two years on all steel truss bridges like the Kennedy Bridge."

A fracture critical inspection is a close-up, visual inspection of all steel members in tension on the bridge.

The majority of the bridge will be inspected by climbing without any impact to traffic.  Single lane closures on I-65 will be necessary when inspectors are using man lifts to access some portions of the bridge.  These lane closures are scheduled for October 14-18 from 8 p.m. each evening until 5 a.m. the following morning.

Infrastructure Engineers, Inc. of Louisville, Ky., was awarded the inspection contract in the amount of $140,000.  Weather permitting, inspection of the Kennedy Bridge will be finished by October 20.  A full report will be submitted to KYTC later this fall.

The starting date and duration of work may be adjusted for inclement weather or other unforeseeable delays.  Dial 511 or log on to 511.ky.gov for the latest in traffic and travel information in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  You can also get traffic information for the District 5 counties at www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict5.
 

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