Thursday, March 12, 2015

I-24 bridge inspection set for next week

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to restrict traffic to one lane on the Interstate 24 Tennessee River Bridge starting Monday.

The lane restriction is to allow the use of a Snooper Truck to conduct a detailed inspection of the bridge at I-24 at the Livingston-Marshall County line.

The inspection will require a lane restriction for eastbound traffic on Monday and Tuesday. It will require a westbound lane restriction on Wednesday and Thursday of next week.

Motorists should expect to encounter a lane restriction from approximately 8:30 a.m. to approximately 3 p.m. each day.  Motorists should be alert for slowing and merging traffic as they approach this work zone. All traffic will move to the left-hand or passing lane in this work zone.

This structural inspection is scheduled on a weather permitting basis. All Kentucky bridges get a detailed inspection every two years with long-span bridges that cross rivers and lakes getting an additional walk-through inspection annually.

The Interstate 24/Interstate 69 Tennessee River Bridges are twin tied arch suspension spans. The 2,017-foot bridges with a  534-foot main span are also known as the Luther Draffen Bridge. The bridges opened to traffic in 1974. The structure carries approximately 23,600 vehicles across the Tennessee River in an average day.