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Closure of ‘Singing Bridge’ in Frankfort extended

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Closure of the ‘Singing Bridge’ in downtown Frankfort will be extended for at least one week for continued repairs.

This closure is part of a construction project by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) to retrofit ten steel truss members on the bridge with new steel. 

Contract crews are unable to retrofit one of the steel truss members due to a bent member plate on the bridge that is blocking access for the repair. KYTC, an engineering design consultant and construction contractor are working on plans for a temporary reinforcement on the bridge so the bent plate can be removed and the repairs completed. 

The ‘Singing Bridge’ has been closed since January 30, 2016 and was scheduled to reopen on February 8. This closure will remain in place for at least another week while design and fabrication of the temporary support is underway. The closure time could be extended based upon availability of the needed steel components to complete this work.  

During the ‘Singing Bridge’ closure, motorists should follow the signed detour via Second Street, Capital Avenue and Main Street.  One sidewalk on the bridge remains 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.  Dial 511 or log on to 511.ky.gov for the latest in traffic and travel information in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  You can also get traffic information for the District 5 counties at www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict5 and www.twitter.com/KYTCDistrict5 .

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