Cairo Bridge between Kentucky and Illinois could re-open today

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WICKLIFFE, Ky. (AP) – An Ohio River bridge linking Kentucky and Illinois that has been closed since Feb. 22 due to flooding could reopen this week.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says engineers are hopeful the bridge may be reopened during the day Monday.

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The bridge connects Wickliffe, Kentucky, and Cairo, Illinois. A detour is almost 90 miles although it is shorter for truckers and cross-country traffic if the route is changed before reaching the bridge. Approximately 4,700 vehicles cross the bridge daily.

The U.S. 51 Ohio River “Cairo” Bridge carries north-south traffic connecting, Kentucky, Illinois and Tennessee along the U.S. 51 corridor. The bridge also carries east-west traffic for U.S. 60 and U.S. 62 that connects Kentucky, Illinois and Missouri.

The bridge opened to traffic on Nov. 11, 1936.