Natcher Bridge Dedication
Posted: 17-Aug-2002 7:40PM CDT
Topics: [Daviess County] [William H. Natcher Bridge] [William H. Natcher Parkway] [The Ohio River] [US 231] [US 60]
The new William H. Natcher Bridge over the Ohio River was officially dedicated on Friday, August 16, 2002. The $70 million span connects eastern Daviess County, Kentucky to Spencer County in Indiana. During the dedication ceremony, politicians from both sides of the river remarked on the significance the new bridge will play in the development of Western Kentucky and Southern Indiana. They also recalled the hard work and determination of the late-U.S. Representative William H. Natcher for whom the bridge is named. After the ceremony, despite the rain, hundreds of visitors took an opportunity to walk across the nearly completed bridge.
The rumor date for the opening of the bridge is Sept. 25. Installation of guardrails and striping on the Indiana side still needs to be completed. Also the grouting of the cable stays has not yet been completed.
When the bridge opens US 231 will be rerouted onto the eastern portion of Owensboro's US 60 bypass, then along US 60, then onto a new four lane highway, and then across the bridge into Indiana. No word on what route number, if any, will be used to redesignate the existing route of US 231 which includes the Cary Bridge in downtown Owensboro.
Kentucky's Gov. Paul Patton called this one of the biggest road projects under-taken by Kentucky and promised that a five mile long extension of Owensboro's bypass will be constructed to better connect the bridge to the William H. Natcher Parkway. He also prodded Indiana to continue its construction of a four lane US 231 to connect the bridge to I-64. For his part, Indiana's Gov. O'Bannon said that the first contracts for the US 231 reconstruction are to be let in October.
All of these pictures were taken by Jeffrey Carlyle.
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