Repair work is scheduled to begin today on twin interstate 75 bridges at the Laurel-Whitley County line. During a scheduled examination in early August, a crack in one of the load bearing steel beams on each bridge was found. Both bridges were subsequently reduced to one lane of service. State transportation officials feared the work to fix the bridges might not begin until after the busy Labor Day weekend.
The transportation cabinet negotiated an emergency repair contract with M and M Services to complete the 275 thousand dollar repair project. The contractor has also been instructed to perform additional maintenance to reduce the chance of lane closures in the near future. The northbound bridge is scheduled to be restored to two lane traffic by August 31st. The southbound bridge is expected to be finished by September 14th.