The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has posted a reduced the load limit on KY 505 in Ohio County.
The load limit was prompted by oversized loads striking and damaging an overpass that crosses the Wendell Ford-Western Kentucky Parkway.
KYTC District 2 Chief Engineer Kevin McClearn says the overpass at KY 505 mile point 6.487 is now restricted to a 10-ton load limit.
"As part of our normal inspection efforts, our engineers found that this overpass has been struck on several occasions by trucks hauling loads that exceeded the normal height limit," McClearn said. "These loads traveling the WK Parkway have damaged the bridge structure. That has required the lowering of the load limit on KY 505 at this site to 10 tons."
McClearn said that truck drivers are required to check the height of their loads and assure that loads will clear all overpasses along their planned route.
"Trucks hitting the bridge support structure have caused extensive damage to reinforcing steel. Our bridge engineering staff will be evaluating the bridge to determine what action might be required to correct the problem," McClearn said.
The overpass is located at mile point 6.487 on KY 505 in Ohio County between Fairview Lane and Mount Pleasant Road. It is at Western KY Parkway mile point 82.112. A KYTC sign crew will post the load limit in the near future.
McClearn said truck drivers who have gone through training required to get a commercial driver's license (CDL) are aware of their responsibility to monitor the height of what they haul. Anyone with information on trucks with loads that may have struck the overpass should contact the Ohio County Sheriff or Kentucky State Police.
Engineers believe the overpass may have been struck by log trucks traveling on the WK Parkway with loads stacked higher than allowed by law. McClearn says the damage to the bridge is extensive enough that the driver of each truck involved would have felt a significant jolt from the impact.
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