Clark Memorial Bridge Painting Project

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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) awarded a $27.9 million contract in early 2018 for painting the George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge which carries US 31 across the Ohio River between Louisville, Ky. and Jeffersonville, In. Work began in late February 2018 to clean and paint the center spans of this structure. Crews began working on the Indiana end of the bridge and are progressed south to Kentucky.

Spartan Contracting LLC of Hubbard, Ohio is the contractor for the project. This work will preserve the steel and thus extend the life of the Clark Memorial Bridge which was built in 1929. The last complete painting of the bridge occurred in the 1980’s. The Kentucky and Indiana approaches were cleaned and painted in 2010 and 2013, respectively.

Work on the Clark Memorial Bridge (locally known as the Second Street Bridge) includes the cleaning and painting of all the steel members on the bridge. This includes all of the steel beams underneath the bridge not visible to the motoring public. The old paint on the bridge is being removed via a blast cleaning process prior to painting the steel. The painting is a three coat system that consists of a zinc epoxy primer coat, an epoxy intermediate coat and a urethane top coat. The project is scheduled for completion in November 2019.

Construction activity on the bridge paused over the winter due to temperature limitations for painting the steel truss.  Contract crews returned to Louisville in early March 2019 and the Clark Memorial Bridge now has one lane open in each direction for traffic. Two lanes will remain closed to accommodate cleaning and painting equipment during the remainder of the project. The speed limit is reduced to 25 MPH.


As was the case in 2018, bicyclists are restricted from using the bridge, and the sidewalks are closed to pedestrians.


KYTC implemented overnight closures on the Clark Memorial Bridge in September 2018 to improve safety for motorists and workers following several work zone crashes during the first six months of the project. Overnight closures on the bridge will resumed mid-March. The bridge closes at 8 p.m. each night and reopens by 5 a.m. the following morning.

Work this season began on the Kentucky side of the Clark Memorial Bridge and is proceeding north to where the painting ended last year.

For more information on the Clark Memorial Bridge Painting Project, please refer to our list of FAQs to the right.

​Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 Clark Memorial Bridge Painting Project FAQs.pdf

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