Blue Bridge scheduled to reopen to traffic Wednesday - News, Weather, Sports, Toledo, OH

Blue Bridge comes back to life on Wednesday

OWENSBORO, KY (WFIE) -

It's a green light for the Blue Bridge, which will come back to life on Wednesday.

Kentucky Transportation Officials say the bridge is expected to reopen at noon, just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.  

The bridge has been closed for painting and repairs since May 13. Commuters say they're excited to see it reopen.

"I'll be glad. It'll save me a lot of aggravation fighting traffic," said Joe Alexander

There will be a couple of lane restrictions for touch up work, but the contractor says event that work will be done before the end of the year.

Spartan Contracting, LLC, of Ohio, is the prime contractor on the $10.07 million painting project. Officials say the project is jointly funded by Kentucky and Indiana.  

Originally scheduled for painting in 2017, local lawmakers advanced funding for the painting project in the Kentucky road plan. 

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) agreed to expedite its share of the funding to put the project on track for the 2013-2014 construction seasons.

The Blue Bridge, at Ohio River navigation mile point 756.3, is a 4,622-foot structure that connects KY 2262 and Indiana State Route 161 over the Ohio River at Owensboro.
 
About 8,500 vehicles use the bridge in an average day. Trucks account for about 15 percent of that traffic. The structure opened to traffic in September 1940.

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