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Catlettsburg-Kenova Bridge Renovation Brings Improvements, One-Lane Traffic

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

The Catlettsburg-Kenova Bridge (US 60) in Boyd County will be restricted to one-lane traffic for at least a month once Kentucky Transportation Cabinet contractors begin a $700,000 renovation.

Improvements to the bridge, which carries U.S. 60 across the Big Sandy River to link Catlettsburg and Kenova, West Virginia, include replacement of the old driving surface with a new latex overlay to protect the concrete bridge deck as well as sandblast cleaning and expansion joint replacement. The work will extend the life of the 30-year-old bridge and improve driving conditions.

By Tuesday, April 25, contractors will close one lane of the bridge for construction and install temporary traffic signals in both Catlettsburg and Kenova to control all traffic flow across the bridge. Inclement weather could delay the lane closure and activation of traffic signals. 

Once activated, the temporary signals will alternate traffic from either side of the bridge, day and night, until work is completed in late May or June. Motorists should stay in the marked lane and must not bypass signals as the lane under construction will be impassable.

Contractors and state officials will monitor traffic and make adjustments to lessen traffic impacts as much as possible. However, lengthy delays at signals are likely. Motorists should plan travel accordingly, including seeking alternate routes – such as using Interstate 64 and US 23 to reroute between Catlettsburg (I-64 Exit 191) and Kenova (I-64 Exit 1).

Pedestrians using the bridge should also use caution, heed warning signs and note that access could be restricted at times.

The Catlettsburg-Kenova Bridge, which carries approximately 7,000 vehicles per day, opened in November 1987. This is the first major renovation to the bridge. 

The Transportation Cabinet has awarded a $709,618.02 low-bid contract to Delong Concrete LLC for the work.

Road work schedules are subject to change depending on weather conditions. Motorists are asked to heed all warning signs, slowdown in work zones and remain aware of workers and construction equipment.

Story provided by: Kentucky Department of Highways