Repairs continue on closed McLean County bridge

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ISLAND, Ky. (WEHT) Repairs continue on a McLean County bridge closed since earlier this week.

Crews are working on the Cypress Creek Bridge on Highway 431, south of Island. It has been closed since a pothole was found Monday.

The closing could be a preview of more work next year.

A lot of vehicles ranging from cars to coal trucks use the Cypress Creek bridge every day. But since a pothole was found here recently, all that traffic’s been blocked from using it.

“We’re doing our best to get it open as quickly as we possibly can,” says Keith Todd of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

The usually busy bridge sits quiet after contractors poured concrete Wednesday to fill potholes on the bridge deck.

“This bridge is pretty typical for its era. There’s just some issues over time that develop. This bridge gets some more wear and tear than some others,” Todd says.

Todd adds contractors are also testing samples of concrete used during repairs to be sure it will last through next spring. That’s when more rehabilitation is expected to happen.

“It’s just we need to wait and let the concrete cure. The idea with these repairs is they’ll last long enough in to the spring to where we can come in and do a rehab on the bridge,” says Todd.

Detours are up at Kentucky 85 and Kentucky 175. Betty Harris says she thought the closing would affect her lunch plans in Island.

“When I saw the signs, she said, ‘Oh, we better go to the detour.’ and I said, ‘No, they told me we can get through here,'” she recalled.

Her plans weren’t affected, but it could affect plans for her brother who lives south of the bridge.

“I’ve been warning him,” Harris says.

Todd also says construction on the bridge should be done and reopened by Friday.

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(This story was originally published on August 28, 2019)

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