Repairs to resume on ‘Singing Bridge’ in Frankfort

In News by Wes Willis, Deputy Director OEM

Singing Bridge Closure
The Singing Bridge repairs resume Monday, March 28th. Repairs are estimated to take one week.

From KYTC District 5:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 24, 2016) – Repairs on the ‘Singing Bridge’ in downtown Frankfort are scheduled to resume next week. The steel members needed to complete the repairs have been fabricated and will be delivered to the project site this week. The bridge must be closed again to vehicular traffic to finish this work.

The ‘Singing Bridge’ is scheduled to close at 9 a.m. on Monday, March 28. Contract crews expect it will take approximately one week to complete repairs.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) closed the ‘Singing Bridge’ in late January as part of a construction project to retrofit ten steel truss members with new steel. Most of the work was completed in February. The bridge was reopened to one lane of traffic on March 1 while engineers designed an additional replacement member and waited for the steel to be fabricated.

Vehicular and pedestrian traffic was reduced to one lane and one sidewalk respectively last summer due to load limits on the ‘Singing Bridge.’ Several members of the bridge’s steel truss have deterioration which reduces its structural load carrying capacity. Once construction is completed, two lanes will be open for vehicular traffic and both sidewalks will be open for pedestrians.

A lane closure on the ‘Singing Bridge’ will be necessary this spring for touch-up painting.

Intech Contracting LLC was awarded the construction contract in the amount of $74,627. All of the contract work is scheduled for completion by May 30, 2016.

The 122-year old ‘Singing Bridge’ carries U.S. 60X across the Kentucky River and is posted at a 9-ton weight limit. This weight limit will remain in place after the repairs. Vehicles weighing more than 9 tons should utilize the Capital Avenue Bridge to cross the river.

The date and duration of this work may be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen delays occur. Dial 511 or log on to 511.ky.gov for the latest in traffic and travel information in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. You can also get traffic information for the District 5 counties at www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict5 and www.twitter.com/KYTCDistrict5 .