Simon Kenton bridge lighting system inspection scheduled
July 29-30 in Maysville
FLEMINGSBURG, Ky. (July 24, 2014) – A qualified contractor will inspect electrical systems on the Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge at Maysville next Tuesday and Wednesday, July 29-30, in an effort to address concerns with the Ohio River span’s aesthetic lighting.
In February, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet switched off the aesthetic lighting — known as the “necklace” lighting — attached to the bridge after preliminary review of the current lights found exposed wiring, inadequate or damaged connectors, damaged and missing junction box covers, possible short circuits and other public safety issues.
Tower lights, which are on a separate circuit, street lights and navigational lights were unaffected.
“We understand the community’s interest in and support of the decorative lights on this historic bridge, which is why we’re now conducting a full assessment of the electrical system,” said Chief District Engineer Bart Bryant of Kentucky Department of Highways District 9 in Flemingsburg. “Our priority is protecting pedestrians, our bridge inspectors and the thousands of people who travel this bridge each day.”
Contractors will begin the assessment Tuesday, which will involve inspecting the suspension cables and bridge components. No traffic changes are expected. However, motorists should be prepared should the need for lane closures arise.
Once the inspection is complete, the highway department will use the data to assess what must be done to maintain public safety on the bridge and to determine a time frame within which the aesthetic lighting might be restored.