Date of release: June 12, 2020
Beginning Monday, June 15 at 6 a.m., South 24th Street will be closed to traffic between Seitz Street and Center Street for crews to begin the South 24th Street Bridge Rehabilitation Project. The road is expected to be closed for 60 days.
The rehabilitation of this bridge over Cross Creek, not far from Brooks Stadium, involves installing new bridge decking and creating a wider bridge to accommodate ADA-compliant sidewalks on both sides of the bridge. This bridge is more than 50 years old with a 14-ton weight limit and has sustained damage from flooding events.
City Engineer Rick Murphy said, “With all of the flooding that we’ve had over the years and more recently in 2018, the bridge has sustained some damage to the beams.”
“Our bridges are inspected annually by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, and this bridge has received low ratings,” added Murphy.
In May, the Paducah Board of Commissioners approved a nearly $300,000 contract with Jim Smith Contracting for the project. The City of Paducah is receiving funding for the bridge project through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance Program based upon the Major Disaster Declaration from the flooding and severe weather events that occurred February 21 through March 21, 2018.
If you have a question about the road closure for the bridge rehabilitation project, call the Engineering Department at 270-444-8511.