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Expect traffic snarls in Covington as crews deliver beams for new pedestrian bridge

Trucks arrive Tuesday morning
A green semi-trailer truck is parked on the shoulder of an interstate off-ramp. Two red flags are attached to the truck's front fender, along with a yellow sign, reading "Oversize load." A worker wearing a neon yellow shirt stands in the background.
Posted at 8:56 AM, Jul 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-13 11:51:21-04

COVINGTON, Ky. — Construction on a new pedestrian bridge in downtown Covington will mean traffic and parking headaches Tuesday, city officials said.

Three 117-foot-long semi-trailers will deliver three 96,000-pound concrete beams Tuesday morning as part of what will become a new mixed-use bridge that will span the CSX railroad tracks at 11th Street between Madison Avenue and Russell Street.

In a news release, a city spokesperson said the trucks will arrive from Lexington around 10:30 a.m., although potential gridlock along Interstate 71/75 could delay that arrival. The trucks will exit the freeway at 12th Street before maneuvering along Pike, Seventh, Scott, West 10th and North Washington streets before a crane unloads them.

Drivers should expect restricted parking along those streets, the release indicated.

The new 12-feet-wide bridge will replace a retired span that crews demolished earlier this year. It will accommodate all types of non-vehicular traffic, including walkers, runners and bicyclists.