Bridge work to cause lane restrictions

Published 12:07 am Sunday, June 26, 2016

As the new Ironton-Russell Bridge over the Ohio River moves closer to completion, additional traffic changes will be required on U.S. Route 23 in Kentucky to make way for construction of a new intersection.

On Monday, Bellefonte Street will be reduced to one lane at its junction with U.S. 23 and the new bridge’s approach, and traffic will maintained with a signal. Restrictions will also remain in place on U.S. 23, with southbound traffic maintained in one thru lane and one turn lane, and northbound traffic maintained in two through-lanes and one turn lane for Bellefonte Street.

As part of the bridge replacement project in Lawrence County, contractors for the Ohio Department of Transportation are reconstructing the intersection for the bridge’s approach in Kentucky.

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When completed, the new signalized intersection will provide for turning movements to and from the bridge to U.S. 23, as well as Kentucky 244 (Bellefonte Street) at the viaduct.

The restrictions will continue through summer, and drivers are reminded of the need for additional caution in the work zone. In addition, motorists may encounter some periods of delay, especially during peak travel times.

Brayman Construction Corporation of, Saxonburg, Pennsylvania, was awarded a contract for approximately $81.3 million to build a new Ohio River crossing between Ironton and Russell, Kentucky, and major construction is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2016.

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