Clark Memorial Bridge maintenance project pauses for winter weather

Weather conditions prohibit painting of bridge

Clark Memorial Bridge maintenance project pauses for winter weather
The Clark Memorial Bridge on Sunday night. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - With winter weather settling into WAVE Country, maintenance work on the Clark Memorial Bridge, which carries US 31 across the Ohio River between Louisville and Jeffersonville, will be pausing until mid-February. The cold temperatures are not conducive for painting the steel truss on the bridge.

Work requiring overnight closure of the bridge was completed on Tuesday night and most of the containment tarps and painting equipment has been removed. All four lanes of the Clark Memorial Bridge are now open to traffic. The sidewalks on both sides of the bridge are also open to pedestrians.

Contract crews will finish clean up items on the bridge this week but, traffic will not be impacted. Motorists should watch for workers along the sidewalks.

Some of the rigging cables on the bridge truss will remain throughout the winter. These cables will not impact traffic and will allow crews to set up work platforms and containment areas quickly next year when work resumes.

Nightly closures of the bridge will resume next year as well. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) implemented overnight closures on the bridge in September 2018 to improve work zone safety for motorists and workers following a rise in crashes during the first six months of the project.

A specific date for the start of the work in 2019 will be announced at a later date.

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