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Bridge repairs to close KY 244 Russell viaduct next week

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Star Gazette
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Repairs to the Russell viaduct (KY 244) bridge in Greenup County will require a four-day temporary closure next week.

Beginning Tuesday, July 25, and continuing through Friday, July 28, the viaduct will be closed, day and night, as structures and maintenance crews with the Kentucky Department of Highways patch the pavement and repair parts of the bridge along the roadway center line.

Motorists should use caution through the KY 244/US 23/Ironton-Russell bridge intersection, follow signs and barrels marking lane closures, and use US 23 and Ferry Street or other routes to detour. Emergency vehicle traffic such as ambulances or fire trucks will not be affected.

Message boards on KY 244, US 23 and the Ironton-Russell Bridge will be used to communicate traffic restrictions and schedule changes during the repairs.

The repair work is necessary to extend the life of the bridge – a replacement project has been designed and is moving toward construction. Repairs were scheduled now to avoid impacts to school traffic and to guard against bridge repairs or closures during the winter.

(story provided by Kentucky Transportation Cabinet)

Paul Hitchcock earned his Masters in Communications from Morehead State University and Bachelors in Radio-TV/Psychology from Georgetown College. A veteran broadcaster for more than 40 years and an avid fan of blues, jazz and American roots music. Hitchcock has been with WMKY since 1986 and was named General Manager in 2003. He currently hosts "Muddy Bottom Blues" (Fri., 8pm-9pm), "Nothin' But The Blues" (Sat., 8pm-12am), "Sunday Night Jazz Showcase" and "Live From The Jazz Lounge" (Sun., 8pm-9pm) and "The Golden Age of Radio" (Sun., 2pm-3pm). He also serves as producer for "A Time For Tales" and "The Reader's Notebook."
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