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Shawneetown Bridge back open after barge hit

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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, says the KY 56/Illinois Route 13 Ohio River Bridge at Shawneetown is back open after a barge hit Thursday morning.

According to the US Coast Guard, the Motor Vessel H.B. Stewart was pushing 15 empty barges when it grazed a pier at 5:38 a.m., Thursday morning.

The impact with the second pier out from the Kentucky side of the river broke several cables holding the tow together.  The pilot reported only minor damage to the  barges.

The incident prompted the Coast Guard to order the Shawneetown Bridge closed to traffic.  A Kentucky Transportation Cabinet bridge inspector was dispatched to run a safety check on the bridge.

Officials say the safety check on the bridge found no structural damage and the Shawneetown Bridge was reopened to traffic just before 9:00 a.m.

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