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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 were progressed south to Kentucky.

Spartan Contracting LLC of Hubbard, Ohio was 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) included the cleaning and painting of all the steel members on the bridge. This included all of the steel beams underneath the bridge not visible to the motoring public. The old paint on the bridge was 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 was scheduled for completion in November 2019.

KYTC advises motorists that all lanes and sidewalks of the George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge is now open to vehicle and pedestrian traffic and the project is complete. The maintenance project to clean and repaint the 90-year structure concluded more than one month ahead of schedule after crews finished the final punch list of work this past weekend

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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