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Traffic changes, delays expected as repairs to Ashland’s 12th street bridge begin Friday

ASHLAND, Ky. — Motorists traveling near Ashland and Ironton should expect traffic impacts this weekend as work takes place to repair and reopen the damaged 12th Street bridge.

On Friday, contractors will begin mobilizing equipment to replace a steel beam on the bridge’s Ohio approach span. At 6 p.m., repair work will begin, and will continue through early Monday.

To protect motorists, all traffic on US 52 in Ohio beneath the bridge will be diverted during construction. And, train flagmen will direct traffic on the Norfolk Southern railroad.

Contractors and local law enforcement will be on hand to direct highway traffic along the following detour, which will begin at 6 p.m. Friday:

– All eastbound US 52 through traffic – that is, motorists traveling from Ironton toward South Point – will be directed to take the Ashland bridge exit ramp near Coal Grove, proceed up the ramp, past the Ashland bridge turns, and use the facing on ramp to re-enter US 52 east of the work site.

– All Ashland-bound traffic using the converted 13th Street bridge will continue using the same exit ramps to reach their destinations. Westbound US 52 motorists approaching from South Point toward Ironton will be unaffected, but should watch for congested traffic near the bridges.

Due to traffic volumes and restricted travel lanes leading to the Ashland bridges, motorists should expect significant delays. If possible, motorists should seek alternate routes during construction.

The 12th Street bridge will reopen after work is complete and as soon as the structure is deemed safe to cross by transportation inspectors. If the weather permits and there are no unforeseen complications, the reopening could occur as early as Monday.

The 12th Street bridge, which carries traffic across the river between US 52 at Coal Grove and US 23 in downtown Ashland, was damaged in late May when a truck crashed into the Ohio approach span – bending and twisting a steel support. Since then, a repair contract was fast-tracked by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and contractors have been fabricating replacement steel and scheduling the repair.

To keep the public up to date with what happened and with repair plans, the Kentucky Department of Highways District 9 has established a web page with detailed traffic maps, a traffic cam link, current bridge status, a project timeline and other information.

The public may access the web page at, or at by clicking “Ashland Bridges.”

In addition, motorists may follow District 9 on Facebook at or Twitter at for updated Ashland bridges information as well as traffic and state highway project information across northeast Kentucky.