The reopening of the Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge in downtown Maysville has been delayed for several weeks as additional work is needed to complete an emergency repair project.
The 1930s-era bridge, which carries US 62 across the Ohio River between Maysville and Aberdeen, Ohio, closed late last year when inspectors found extensive corrosion damage to several suspender cables – the vertical cables extending from the main suspension cable that support the bridge’s driving surface.
In late April, contractors finished the bulk of a safety repair project that included installation of temporary support rods and brackets to reduce the stress on 19 damaged cables. Afterward, inspections determined the need for additional anti-corrosive coatings to steel cables and other components showing higher rates of corrosion than expected.
Engineers have been working to secure funding and finalize a contract change order for that rust-proofing. It’s hoped contractors can complete the project in the next three to four weeks.
“We understand the frustrations that come with project delays, especially when it impacts an important bridge like the Simon Kenton,” said Steve Gunnell, Kentucky Department of Highways District 9 chief engineer. “But, the extra rust-proofing is critical to slow down deterioration, and to keep the bridge safe and open until longer-term repairs – such as a full cable replacement project – can be planned.”
Once the rust-proofing is complete, the Simon Kenton bridge will be reopened – at a reduced 15-ton weight limit.
Until then, the bridge remains closed. All US 62 traffic should detour using the William H. Harsha Bridge (US 68) three miles north of Maysville to connect to and from US 52 and US 62 in Ohio.
(provided by Kentucky Transportation Cabinet)