Wednesday, February 17, 2016

U.S. 41 Twin Bridges lanes be restricted Thursday

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will restrict northbound traffic to one lane on the U.S. 41 Twin Bridges on Thursday, February 18 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to install additional safety-related signage and mill pavement between the end of the northbound bridge to the entrance to Ellis Park.

Efforts to mill pavement and upgrade signage are designed reduce the number of wet-weather crashes observed along this section of U.S. 41.

Crews will mill a 1,200-foot section along both lanes and add surface friction to improve traction. Retro-reflective signage will be enhanced to further alert northbound traffic to the curve. Plans also include adding the site to a priority list for a high-traction surface that would likely be applied sometime this summer.

All northbound traffic will initially move to the right-hand or driving lane to allow work along the passing lane and median at the north end of the bridge.  Around mid-day, traffic will transition to the left-hand or passing lane to allow work along the driving lane and right shoulder area.

Bridge history
The U.S. 41 Twin Bridges, also known as the Bi-State Viet Nam Gold Star Memorial Bridges, carry approximately 37,000 vehicles per day across the Ohio River between Henderson and Evansville, Ind. The Twin Bridges have a total length of 5,393.6 feet with a 720-foot main navigation span. The bridge superstructure is a Warren cantilevered through-truss design. The bridges are located about a mile downstream from the confluence of the Green River and the Ohio River. The northbound bridge was opened to traffic on July 4, 1932, while the southbound bridge opened on Dec. 16, 1965.