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Bridge connecting Kentucky, Ohio to reopen soon

The Associated Press

FLEMINGSBURG, Ky. — The Kentucky Department of Highways says a bridge in northeastern Kentucky that was closed for a painting project won't reopen Friday as hoped but should accommodate traffic by mid-November.

The Carl D. Perkins Memorial Bridge spans the Ohio River and connects Greenup County, Kentucky, with Portsmouth, Ohio. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet closed the bridge in April so contractors could paint the span's 600,000-square-foot steel superstructure.

A statement from the Department of Highways says rain has caused delays and more time is needed to apply a protective coating to concrete rails. The bridge is expected to open before Nov. 15.

The agency says the $7 million project is expected to help preserve the structure for about 35 years.

Copyright The Associated Press

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