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Contractors Start Work To Re-open Suspension Bridge

Roebling Bridge
Bill Rinehart
Contractors started setting up at the Roebling Bridge Tuesday morning.

Contractors started work Tuesday morning on a project that's designed to re-open the Roebling Suspension Bridge. It's been closed since April, after sandstone pieces fell from the north tower onto the roadway and the east-side walkway.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says contractors are installing scaffolding, and will chip away any other loose pieces. That will mean the closure of the west-side pedestrian walkway between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday through Friday.

When that's done, workers will put up netting. The bridge should be re-opened to traffic before the end of the month.

The contract with Structural Systems Repair Group is about $78,000.

KTC says the plan had to be approved by the State Historic Preservation Office because the bridge is a historic structure.

A restoration project that includes permanent repairs to the sandstone towers and pedestrian walkways is in the design phase with construction estimated to start in the spring of 2020.