Ashland bridge opens following repairs

By Ryan Ottney

August 13, 2013

Ryan Scott Ottney

PDT Staff Writer

ASHLAND, Ky. — The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet reported Sunday that work to replace a damaged steel beam on the 12th Street bridge, in Ashland, Ky., is now complete and the bridge has reopened.

The bridge, which carries traffic across the river between U.S. 52 at Ironton-Coal Grove and U.S. 23 in downtown Ashland, was damaged in late May when a truck crashed into the Ohio approach span — bending and twisting a steel support. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet fast-tracked a repair contract and awarded it June 19 to Evers Welding Co. Inc. of Cincinnati.

After several weeks of engineering, finalizing shop drawings, fabricating replacement steel and scheduling roadway and and railroad traffic control, contractors arrived at the bridge Friday and began cutting away the damaged beam. The new beam was installed Saturday, and crews finished painting steel joints and other work today. Highway crews reset traffic signals while temporary traffic controls were removed on the Ohio side, and the bridge reopened shortly after 1 p.m.

Some traffic control measures will remain in place for several days, including temporary pavement markings across the 13th Street bridge. Traffic across that bridge will remain restricted to two lanes outbound from Kentucky to Ohio. In addition, the lane restriction on Winchester Avenue (U.S. 23) in Ashland could remain in place for several days. Motorists are advised to drive with caution and watch for changing traffic patterns through next week.

More information about the project can be found online at Transportation.ky.gov/District-9 by clicking “Ashland Bridges.” Motorists can follow District 9 on Facebook and Twitter for updated traffic and state highway project information.

Ryan Scott Ottney can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 287, or rottney@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Ryan on Twitter @PDTwriter.