Ohio River bridge likely to be closed another couple days

WICKLIFFE, Ky. (AP) — It will likely be a couple more days before the Ohio River “Cairo” Bridge between Kentucky and Illinois can be reopened. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the bridge remains closed where floodwaters have covered the bridge approach levee at the Kentucky end of the span. The bridge normally carried about 5,000 vehicles daily across the Ohio River. The closing impacts north-south traffic on U.S. 51 between Kentucky and Illinois and east-west traffic along U.S. 60 and U.S. 62 into Kentucky and Missouri. The bridge closure also creates about an 80-mile detour via the Interstate 24 Ohio River Bridge through southern Illinois. The road has been closed since early Thursday. U.S. 51 is also closed south of Wickliffe, Kentucky, near the Ballard-Carlisle county line.