Monday, July 20, 2015

Shawneetown Bridge work shifts Tuesday

The contractor has completed Phase 1 of a new driving surface on the Ky. 56/Ill. Route 13 Ohio River "Shawneetown" Bridge. With work on the Kentucky approach spans completed, the contractor is preparing for a traffic shift on Tuesday to allow work to move to Phase 2 on the main spans.

Motorists should allow extra travel time on Tuesday as the traffic shift is likely to create some delays. The new traffic arrangement on the main span will also require a longer distance between the automated traffic signals. That will mean extra travel time for vehicles crossing the structure.

Following the traffic shift on Tuesday all traffic will be running on the westbound lane with alternating flow controlled by an automated signal. Once traffic is shifted, it should remain in the same configuration for a couple of weeks.

As a reminder, traffic in this work zone continues to be restricted to one lane and a 10-foot maximum load width to allow a latex concrete overlay on the bridge deck driving surface.
Delays have been minor, generally less than about five minutes. However, some extended delays are possible during overnight concrete pours.

The contractor has been working extended hours in an attempt to make up for time lost to recent thunderstorms and showers. Motorists should use appropriate caution in this work zone as construction personnel will be working in close proximity to traffic flow.

American Contracting and Services of Jeffersonville, Ind., is the prime contractor on the $2.7 million bridge deck overlay project. The contractor has 90 days to complete the project, putting the anticipated completion date around Sept. 27.