Settling bridge embankments will keep overweight traffic off the Judge John P. Lloyd Memorial Bridge on the Clyde T. Barbour Parkway in Maysville, officials said Wednesday.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will no longer grant overweight permits for trucks crossing the Lawrence Creek bridge on U.S. 68 in Mason County while engineers plan repairs to its substructure, KYTC spokesperson Allen Blair said.
The bridge was constructed in 1996 and since that time, its embankments have settled more than anticipated, officials said. This settling has caused additional stress and damage to the bridge’s supporting abutments, according to information from KYTC.
“It’s not currently a safety hazard, but will require repairs,” said Chief Engineer Bart Bryant of Kentucky Department of Highways District 9. “Until those can be completed, no overweight or overdimensional loads will be allowed to cross the bridge in order to safeguard it from undue stress.”
The Judge John P. Lloyd Memorial Bridge, located on U.S. 68 (Clyde T. Barbour Parkway) at mile marker 17 approximately 1 mile west of the William Harsha Bridge at the Ohio River, has been posted at the following Kentucky roadway legal limits:
-- Type 1: 20 tons (single unit trucks of 2 single axles).
-- Type 2: 27 tons (single unit trucks of 1 steering axle, 2 tandem axles).
-- Type 3: 34 tons (single unit trucks of 1 steering axle, 3 tridem axles).
-- Type 4: 40 tons (tractor-semitrailer truck of 5 or more axles).
-- Single unit vehicle 5-plus axles: 40 tons
Blair said the Transportation Cabinet will no longer issue permits for loads over those weights to cross the bridge. Until further notice, haulers with overweight or overdimensional permits or those seeking them must use other routes approved for such loads.
Officials said the new weight restriction is based on the condition of the substructure and the results of a recent engineering analysis performed for an upcoming repair project. That project is expected to start within the next year.
Officials repeated that the bridge’s condition poses no danger to the traveling public. All highway bridges are closely inspected to determine their capacity and continued function, Blair said.