Monday, August 29, 2016

I-24 Ohio River bridge re-opens to traffic

Site is reported as clear.

Initial reports indicate a couple of fuel barges broke free from their moorings and were floating near the bridge prompting a request to halt roadway traffic.

The barges are reported as secure and traffic is flowing on the bridge.

The US Coast Guard has asked that the Interstate 24 Ohio River Bridge be closed to traffic due to a loose barge on the river.

Area law enforcement agencies are assisting with closure of the bridge to all highway traffic at this time.

More information as it becomes available.

The Interstate 24 Ohio River Bridge is a 5,632 ft. 4-lane structure with two tied arch main spans and 17 approach/connector spans.  The southern arch span is 730 ft. long while the northern most main arch span is 630 ft. The bridge is located at Kentucky mile point 0.0 and Illinois mile point 28.5.

The bridge is at Ohio River navigation mile point 940.8.

The bridge opened to traffic in 1973 and now carries about 30,000 vehicles across the Ohio River between Paducah, KY, and Metropolis, IL, in an average day.