U.S. 51 Ohio River “Cairo” Bridge reopened after semi truck rollover crash

BALLARD COUNTY, Ky. (KBSI) – The U.S. 51 Ohio River “Cairo” Bridge has reopened to traffic. The bridge was temporarily closed for about four hours due to a semi rollover crash at the Kentucky end of the bridge.

The crash site has been cleared. All lanes are open at this time.

The Wickliffe-Cairo Bridge carries U.S. 51, U.S. 60, and U.S. 62 traffic across the Ohio River at U.S. 51 Kentucky mile point 7.372.

Also known as The Cairo Bridge, the US 51/US 60/US 62 Wickliffe-Cairo Bridge carries approximately 4,700 vehicles across the Ohio River each day between Wickliffe, KY, and Cairo, IL. It connects with the US 60/US 62 Mississippi River Bridge to Bird’s Point, Missouri at the southern tip of Illinois.

The U.S. 51 Ohio River Bridge was constructed by the Cairo Bridge Commission as a toll facility and opened to traffic on November 11, 1936. Tolls were removed from the crossing on November 11, 1948, when the highway departments of Kentucky and Illinois took over maintenance of the structure.

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