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Ohio River Bridge Detour Is Costly For Truckers


Repairs being made to the Ohio River Bridge on US 51 will likely be costly and time consuming for truck drivers.

For the next 60 days, crews will be working to repair the aging bridge’s support beams and joints.  While under construction, the bridge will have a seven-foot maximum load width limit, KFVS reported.

During that time, trucks will be sent on an 80-mile detour via I-24 Ohio River Bridge at Paducah.

“It’s taking time away from your log book,” truck driver Billy Crissel told KFVS. “When you could be here in 30 minutes, you’re taking two hours or more to get here now. And, that’s taking away from your delivery time. It’s just costing more money in fuel and everything else too.”

The repairs are scheduled to begin on July 15.


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