Is Blue Bridge FINALLY to be Painted?
Technically it is the Glover Cary bridge. But, we call it the "Blue Bridge" because of its color. Kentucky and Indiana highway officials have indicated the bridge is scheduled for repainting in about 2017 (which happens to be Owensboro's bicentennial) at an estimated cost of 8 to 10 million dollars. But, I have a hunch it may be sooner. Word is out Governor Steve Beshear in speaking tomorrow at Riverpark Center about the bridge. What else could it be? Gotta be a painting before 2017.
Now in July of last year, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet closed the blue bridge to all traffic for a $3 million partial rehab of the bridge deck after a large hole developed in the concrete driving surface. Hall Contracting of Louisville was the prime contractor on the 3-month project. The project, which saw 40% of the bridge's deck replaced, was completed and the bridge reopened to traffic on September 30, 2011—three days prior to the October 3 deadline imposed by KYTC on the contractor.
Prior to its reopening, the bridge was opened to pedestrians and bicyclists for "Bridge Day" on Sept. 30; thousands of visitors crossed the 72-year-old span between the hours of 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM, when crews began preparing to reopen the bridge to auto traffic, which occurred at 6:30 PM.