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June 5, 2014

Crack found in I-75 bridge, repairs to begin

Traffic reduced to one lane at Mile Marker 27, heavier trucks detoured

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer

The northbound I-75 bridge over Lynn Camp Creek near Corbin in Whitley County has been reduced to one lane, after crews found a crack Wednesday in one of the steel bridge beams.

The bridge in question handles northbound I-75 traffic at mile point 27.

During a routine bridge inspection conducted in the morning, crews working for the state Transportation Cabinet discovered the crack in one of the bridge girders.

In a news release from Frankfort Wednesday afternoon, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesperson Lisa Tolliver said an emergency repair plan was being put in place.

She added that until the repair is completed, a lane closure for the left lane of the northbound bridge will remain in place.

It’s not yet known how long that lane will be closed.

The bridge has four large beams underneath, and traffic will be diverted from traveling over the beam needing repair, which reduces the weight on the affected beam.

As a result, the right northbound lane will remain open to traffic. However, over-dimensional loads larger than 12 feet wide will be detoured.

In addition, all vehicles more than 80,000 pounds are being detoured. The detour is from Exit 25 in Corbin via U.S. 25W (the Cumberland Falls Highway), north to the Corbin Bypass (Ky. 3041), north on U.S. 25E (the Cumberland Gap Parkway), and then back on I-75 at Exit 29.

Tolliver said appropriate signage will be put in place to alert and guide those traveling in the area.

Wednesday’s routine bridge inspection was scheduled along I-75, with traffic reduced to one lane at mile point 27.9 in Whitley County from 9 a.m. - noon. Southbound traffic at the same mile point was scheduled to be reduced to one lane from 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, similar lane reductions were scheduled near mile point 14.5 in Whitley County.

Those lane restrictions allowed crews to perform a detailed inspection of the bridge structures. Engineers used a “Snooper Truck” to access the deck substructure on the bridges.

The Transportation Cabinet noted all bridges in Kentucky are inspected at least every two years, with some bridges inspected more frequently, depending on the bridge’s age, type and design.

For the latest in traffic and travel information throughout Kentucky, you can dial 511, or go to 511.ky.gov.

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