Plan Approved to Reopen Roebling Bridge by End of July
The Roebling Suspension Bridge is expected to reopen to vehicular traffic by the end of July, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet - District 6 Office announced Tuesday.
The bridge has been closed to drivers, and its side walkway to pedestrians, since April.
A temporary measure to reopen the bridge was approved by KYTC which will allow a contractor to install netting to the north tower to catch any sandstone that may fall.
Falling sandstone prompted the closure.
The netting is expected to be installed within four weeks of KYTC issuing a "notice to proceed" to Structural Systems Repair Group, which is being awarded the nearly $78,000 contract.
“We appreciate the public’s patience while we explored options that would not compromise the integrity of this historic bridge,” said Bob Yeager, chief district engineer for the KYTC Department of Highways District 6 office. “We now have a plan and timeline in place and will work diligently to get the bridge back open to traffic.”
Performing emergency work on a 152-year-old historic bridge is a more extensive process than traditional bridge work due to preservation requirements, a news release said. Along with KYTC officials, the State Historic Preservation Office had to approve the plan.
A restoration project addressing routine maintenance, including permanent repairs to the sandstone towers and pedestrian walkways, is currently in the design phase with construction estimated to start in the spring of 2020.
The Roebling Bridge carries approximately 8,100 vehicles a day.
Motorists can continue to use the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge (U.S. 25) or the Fourth Street/Veterans Bridge (KY 8) to the Taylor Southgate Bridge (U.S. 27) as a detour until the work is complete.