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Engineers plan to reopen the Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge in downtown Maysville in early May after additional rust-proofing and final inspections.

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.

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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has awarded a $250,000 project to repair damaged cables found this summer on the Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge (US 62) at Maysville.

The project includes installation of temporary support rods and brackets at 19 locations adjacent to damaged suspender cables – the vertical cables extending from the main suspension cable that support the bridge’s driving surface – as a short-term safety measure and to hopefully return the bridge to a more normal weight limit while longer-term repairs are considered.

The Ledger Independent

Installation of new decorative lighting across the Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge in downtown Maysville is nearly complete.

With 144 new LED fixtures in place, contractors are now finalizing electrical connections and other work. Testing could occur within the next couple of weeks, weather permitting.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will replace the Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge lights in downtown Maysville beginning this month.

The $400,000 improvement project, which is expected to start Nov. 14 and continue through December, will require daytime closures of the Ohio River Bridge.

Motorists who use US 62 to cross between Kentucky and Ohio must detour 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each weekday, and possibly weekends, using KY 8 and US 68, or US 52 in Ohio, and the nearby William Harsha Bridge (US 68) until work is complete.

Governor Steve Beshear has announced that $300,000 from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has been approved for restoration of aesthetic lighting on a treasured landmark of Maysville – the Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge over the Ohio River.

The famed “necklace” lights that outline the 84-year-old suspension bridge were switched off in February 2014 after inspectors found exposed wiring, damaged or inadequate connectors, missing and damaged junction box covers and other electrical safety hazards.

'Lights Out' On Simon Kenton Bridge

Feb 17, 2014
Cody Evans, The Ledger Independent

The aesthetic "necklace" lighting accenting the cables of the Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge from Maysville to Aberdeen, Ohio has been turned off until further notice.

That was the news delivered Thursday night (Feb. 13) by Bart Bryant with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, District 9 Office in Flemingsburg.

Bryant said the decision is a safety and precautionary step based on the following reasons.