Transportation Cabinet awards contract for 12th Street bridge repair
Ashland project a top priority
FLEMINGSBURG, Ky. (June 19, 2013) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet today awarded a contract to Evers Welding Co. Inc. of Cincinnati to repair Ashland’s damaged 12th Street bridge.
The $52,400 contract specifies a July 31 completion for the project. Barring any unforeseen complications, the Ohio River crossing should reopen around that date.
“We realize that the 12th Street bridge is a vital link for countless Kentucky and Ohio residents,” said Bart Bryant, Kentucky Department of Highways District 9 Chief Engineer. “We appreciate people’s patience as we have worked to get a repair contract in place. Our highest priority continues to be repairing the bridge as quickly as possible so that it can once again safely connect these communities.”
The 12th Street (Ben Williamson Memorial) bridge, which carries traffic across the river between US 52 at Coal Grove and US 23 in downtown Ashland, was damaged last month by a vehicle impact to a steel beam on its Ohio approach span.
The damage led engineers to close the bridge on May 20 to ensure its structural integrity and the safety of motorists. By the following Tuesday, highway crews had converted the adjacent 13th Street bridge from one-way to two-way traffic, and structural design engineers began drawing up plans to replace the damaged steel beam.
The repair project was advertised June 7, and bids were opened Friday. Because of the project’s high priority, a contract procurement committee met ahead of schedule to award a bid today so that repairs can begin quickly.
To keep the public up to date with repair plans, the Kentucky Department of Highways District 9 has established a web page with detailed traffic maps, current bridge status, a project timeline and other information.
During repairs, all 12th Street bridge traffic will remain rerouted using the converted 13th Street bridge, which now has one lane for Ohio to Kentucky travelers and two lanes from Kentucky to Ohio:
- Traffic on US 52 in Ohio can take the Ashland exit, turn right onto the 13th Street bridge and follow cone-marked lanes to US 23-Winchester Avenue where all traffic must turn right. Northbound US 23 vehicles can continue straight, and southbound US 23 traffic can take the truck detour using Greenup Avenue.
- Southbound traffic on US 23-Winchester Avenue is restricted to one left-turn lane onto the 13th Street bridge. (The dedicated left-turn lane has been eliminated to give incoming traffic more room.) Two lanes carry traffic across the bridge to access US 52 toward either Ironton or South Point.
- Northbound US 23-Winchester Avenue traffic can turn right onto the 13th Street bridge as normal. And, 13th Street traffic can proceed along normal routes.
Traffic engineers have adjusted traffic signal timings where possible to enhance traffic flow. However, with one bridge handling the traffic of two bridges, motorists should expect delays and backups. Traffic traveling through Ashland to reach I-64 or US 23 may consider using:
- The 17th Street bridge from Chesapeake to West Huntington to I-64 to reach US 23 at Catlettsburg
- The Greenup Locks and Dam bridge to US 23 and the Industrial Parkway to reach I-64 just west of Grayson