Nine-month Roebling closure began Monday amid winter-weather traffic headaches

Posted at 5:06 PM, Feb 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-15 23:55:23-05

COVINGTON, Ky. — The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet closed both lanes of the John A. Roebling Bridge Monday to kick off a repair and restoration project on the historic suspension bridge.

While Monday's wintry forecast meant bigger traffic headaches elsewhere across the region, the disruption to Roebling commuters going in and out of Covington will last through November at least.

As a strong winter-weather system moved across the South and Midwestern states Monday, crews were set to begin the 10-month project, intended to restore the sandstone on the 154-year-old bridge's towers and make other repairs.

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KYTC District 6 spokesperson Nancy Wood said the weather this week shouldn't affect the preparation work.

The Roebling closure is not the first major bridge closure the Licking Riverside district has seen in recent years. In spring 2019, the bridge closed for four months while emergency repair work took place, caused by the same issue this long-term project was meant to address. A year earlier, the bridge closed for a similar period of time after a hit-and-run driver slammed into one of its cable girders.