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Author Topic: August 2020: Cairo, IL Ohio River Bridge Closure US 51/60/62  (Read 350 times)

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August 2020: Cairo, IL Ohio River Bridge Closure US 51/60/62
« on: August 01, 2020, 03:36:44 PM »

I made a topic a couple years back about IL and KY planning a new Ohio River Bridge here https://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=22799.0 but this closure is for work on the existing bridge

https://thesouthern.com/news/local/the-cairo-bridge-is-closed-for-the-month-for-repairs-causing-long-detours/article_a5bd825f-8e5c-5f99-9918-6878e01cc18d.html#tracking-source=home-top-story-1 (pay-walled) The Southern Illinoisan reports today, on its website, that the Cairo Ohio River Bridge will be closed for maintenance for the month of August. KYTC is reported to be the lead agency for the work

There are not many River crossings relatively close to here. I-24 in Paducah to get across the Ohio and to get from Kentucky to Missouri, there is the ferry at Hickman, or going south to the I-155 bridge

I’m going to assume it wasn’t feasible for IDOT and KYTC to operate a temporary ferry between Cairo and Wickliffe. Gotta be a painful commute for any SEMO <-> WKY commuters. There are not a lot of direct E-W Routes across Southern IL — US 45<->IL 169<->IL 37<->US 51, I guess. Or longer but much more Interstate: Take your pick US 60, US 62, KY 286 between Wickliffe and Paducah, then I-24<->I-57
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Re: August 2020: Cairo, IL Ohio River Bridge Closure US 51/60/62
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2020, 03:51:40 PM »

This happened about five years ago with the Mississippi Bridge. The closure is the only reason I've clinched I-57 in MO. I was enroute to Atlanta and was trying to get to I-24.

The Ohio Bridge closing would have been more troublesome for me. It wasn't that much out of the way to take US 51 back to 60/62 from I-57 once I entered IL. I think the fastest way to get around the Ohio bridge and return to US60 would be to take I-24 up to I-57 (had that been the case, I would have ended up clinching the entirety of I-24 on that trip).
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Re: August 2020: Cairo, IL Ohio River Bridge Closure US 51/60/62
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2020, 11:11:00 PM »

This happened about five years ago with the Mississippi Bridge.

Flooding has made a closure of US 60/US 62 through Cairo much more recently - think it may have been last year.
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Re: August 2020: Cairo, IL Ohio River Bridge Closure US 51/60/62
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2020, 07:31:38 PM »

This happened about five years ago with the Mississippi Bridge.

Flooding has made a closure of US 60/US 62 through Cairo much more recently - think it may have been last year.

Flooding frequently closes the road between Wickliffe and the bridge. Since this area is below the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, a big rain event upstream in either basin can be problematic.

Making commutes worse, temporarily, is the fact that the ferry is closed now for mechanical issues and won't reopen until midweek. They've been having some trouble, and the closure keeps getting extended due to delays in getting the needed repair parts.
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Re: August 2020: Cairo, IL Ohio River Bridge Closure US 51/60/62
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2020, 07:42:17 PM »

The report I read, and posted, states that the closure is more for repair to the levee on the KY approach to the bridge/north of Wickliffe more than for the bridge itself, but since it is closed too, repairs on the actual bridge are being done at the same time
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Re: August 2020: Cairo, IL Ohio River Bridge Closure US 51/60/62
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2020, 07:47:26 PM »

This happened about five years ago with the Mississippi Bridge.

Flooding has made a closure of US 60/US 62 through Cairo much more recently - think it may have been last year.

Flooding frequently closes the road between Wickliffe and the bridge. Since this area is below the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, a big rain event upstream in either basin can be problematic.

Making commutes worse, temporarily, is the fact that the ferry is closed now for mechanical issues and won't reopen until midweek. They've been having some trouble, and the closure keeps getting extended due to delays in getting the needed repair parts.


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