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News Release
Allen Blair
Information Officer
District 9
606.845.2551 Office
606.748.3716 Cell 
Repairs to Ashland’s 12th Street bridge on schedule today
                                  Bridge will reopen once construction is complete
 
ASHLAND, Ky. (Aug. 10, 2013) – Repairs to Ashland's 12th Street bridge continue to progress on schedule today.
 
Contractors have removed the remnants of the damaged steel beam, placed temporary supports on the bridge and are now installing the replacement steel beam.
 
Once the installation is complete and the bridge is deemed safe, traffic control will be switched and it will be reopened - which is expected by early Monday. Meanwhile, police are directing traffic, which remains diverted around the construction site along the following routes:
 
Eastbound US 52 through traffic in Ohio – that is, motorists traveling from Ironton toward South Point: Take the Ashland bridge exit ramp near Coal Grove, proceed up the ramp, past the Ashland bridge turns, and use the facing on ramp to re-enter US 52 east of the work site.
 
Eastbound US 52 traffic bound for Ashland: Take the Ashland bridge exit ramp, proceed up the ramp, and turn onto the 13th Street bridge that has been converted to two-way traffic.
 
Westbound US 52 traffic in Ohio - from South Point toward Ironton: Proceed along the normal through lane. There are no closures or detours, but motorists should Watch for merging traffic at the Ashland bridges.
 
Ohio-bound traffic using the 13th Street bridge: The bridge is restricted to two lanes, with the left lane leading to west US 52 and the right lane to east US 52. Because of the Ohio detour, traffic could back up at greater than normal levels. Watch for stopped traffic.
 
Due to traffic volumes and restricted travel lanes, motorists should expect delays, especially traveling on US 52. If possible, motorists should seek alternate routes during construction.
 
The Kentucky Department of Highways District 9 has established a web page with detailed traffic maps, a traffic cam link, current bridge status, a project timeline and other information. The public may access the web page at Transportation.ky.gov/District-9/Pages/Ashland-Bridges.aspx, or at Transportation.ky.gov/District-9 by clicking “Ashland Bridges.”
 
In addition, motorists may follow District 9 on Facebook at Facebook.com/KYTCDistrict9 or Twitter at Twitter.com/KYTCDistrict9 for updated Ashland bridges information as well as traffic and state highway project information across northeast Kentucky.

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