Nortonville, KY (Hopkins County) – The Kentucky State Police will have State Troopers patrolling the New Salem Bridge closure to ensure the barriers remain in place to keep the bridge closed.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Highway Department in conjunction with the city of Nortonville, closed New Salem Bridge recently as a safety measure due to results from a recent inspection. Barriers have been placed on the bridge as well as notification provided to local residents. The city is having issues with individuals removing the barriers.
The Kentucky State Police will have Troopers patrolling the area to ensure these barriers remain in place. KSP would like to remind everyone that altering a traffic control device or barrier is punishable by law. KRS states “A person shall not attempt to or in fact alter, twist, deface, injure, knock down, or interfere with the effective operation of any official traffic control device or signal, or any part thereof.”
Please remember these barriers are to ensure the safety of the residents and others who travel along the route near the New Salem Bridge.
Original Release From Transportation Cabinet Below
New Salem Circle Railroad Overpass Closed In NORTONVILLE
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is working with the City of Nortonville to close the New Salem Circle Railroad Overpass, today. The closure should be completed in the next hour or two.
An official closure notice for the overpass cites, “the critical condition of the substructure,” as a primary reason to stop traffic from crossing the structure at New Salem Circle milepoint 0.019. KYTC bridge inspectors had been monitoring the overpass on a monthly basis. They found a number of substructure issues during a routine check of the overpass on Thursday resulting in the clousre notice.
The overpass carries traffic over the CSX Railroad line just off US 41 at the south edge of Nortonville. The overpass will be blocked to all traffic with the use of signs, traffic barricades, and material placed across the roadway.
There will be no marked detour. Vehicle access to New Salem Circle (CR 4039) is maintained via a southern connection to US 41 that has a grade-level rail crossing.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is responsible for administering the federal inspection program for all bridges in Kentucky. In addition to bridges along state highways, KYTC bridge inspectors are responsible for bridges and overpasses along city streets and county roads.