Temporary closure of ‘Singing Bridge’ in Frankfort to begin Jan. - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Temporary closure of ‘Singing Bridge’ in Frankfort to begin Jan. 30

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The ‘Singing Bridge’ in downtown Frankfort is scheduled to close on Saturday, January 30 for repairs. This closure is part of a construction project by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to retrofit ten steel truss members on the bridge with new steel.

Contract crews will close the ‘Singing Bridge’ at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30. The bridge will be closed for ten days and is scheduled to reopen during the day on Feb. 8.

Motorists should follow the signed detour via Second Street, Capital Avenue and Main Street. 

One sidewalk on the bridge will remain open for pedestrians during this work.

Vehicular and pedestrian traffic was reduced to one lane and one sidewalk respectively last summer due to load limits on the ‘Singing Bridge.’ Several members of the bridge’s steel truss have deterioration which reduces its structural load carrying capacity. Once construction is completed, two lanes will be open for vehicular traffic and both sidewalks will be open for pedestrians.

A lane closure on the ‘Singing Bridge’ will be necessary this spring for touch-up painting.

Intech Contracting LLC was awarded the construction contract in the amount of $74,627. All of the contract work is scheduled for completion by May 30, 2016.

The 122-year old ‘Singing Bridge’ carries U.S. 60X across the Kentucky River and is posted at a 9-ton weight limit. This weight limit will remain in place after the repairs. Vehicles weighing more than 9 tons should utilize the Capital Avenue Bridge to cross the river.

The date and duration of this work may be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen delays occur. 

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