FLEMINGSBURG -- Local motorists need to mark their calendars for delays and closures on the Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge.
Officials with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Department of Highways District 9 office announced Thursday an inspection is scheduled for Monday, July 18 through Friday, July 29 on the downtown bridge on weekdays.
Motorists are advised to expect daytime traffic restrictions and a temporary closure during the inspection, which will be conducted by Palmer Engineering.
Officials have said bridge traffic and East Second Street traffic in downtown Maysville will be restricted to one lane during daytime work hours as inspectors climb the structure and use a mobile bucket truck to closely examine bridge beams and other critical components.
During the inspection period, traffic will be controlled by flaggers and motorists should expect delays. In Aberdeen, Ohio, High Street and Water Street will be restricted to one lane. There will be no traffic impacts during nights or weekends, said officials.
For three days, July 20 - July 22, the bridge will be closed to all traffic from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., each day as engineers inspect the towers. During this time, traffic should detour using the William Harsha Bridge.
KTC inspects more than 14,000 bridges in two-year cycles, with many bridges receiving more frequent examinations by bridge crews and contractors in the cabinet's 12 highway districts statewide, as part of it mission to ensure a safe and efficient highway system, cabinet officials said.
Find more information on Department of Highways District 9 activities on-line at http://transportation.ky.gov/d9.