Kentucky police to step up bridge width enforcement

| 6/15/2005

State police in Kentucky are keeping an eye out for oversized trucks crossing the Shawneetown Bridge.

The bridge, which spans the Ohio River between Illinois and Kentucky on State Highway 56, is being painted and the Kentucky Department of Highways is urging the police to ticket truckers who exceed maximum width limits on the bridge, according to the Edwardsville Courier & Press.

Traffic has been reduced to one lane on the bridge, which has a maximum width limit of 11 feet and a height restriction of 15 feet.

Department of Highways engineer Larry Gaynor told the Courier & Press that many truckers have been trying to exceed the restrictions, in spite of the fact that they are posted on routes leading to the bridge.

“The main problem has been trucks hauling scrap metal with pieces of steel hanging off the side of the trailer,” he said. “But a number of trucks hauling other types of loads have hit equipment on the bridge deck.”