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 History & Overview


Construction to replace the Ironton-Russell Bridge in Lawrence County is nearly complete, and the new bridge is now open to traffic! The project is the relocation of the bridge that connects Ironton, Ohio, with Russell, Kentucky, between Second and Jefferson streets in downtown Ironton and the U.S. 23 viaduct south of Russell. The project also includes removal of the former bridge upon completion of the new one. To read more about the project's history, follow the links below...



 Project Completion & Schedule


As the new Ironton-Russell Bridge has been opened to traffic, there should be little impact to motorists in the construction zones in Ohio and Kentucky. Crews will have finishing work to complete through the winter and spring months; however, traffic impacts should be minimal, and traffic on the new structure and intersecting roadways will be maintained at all times.

Along with completing the new bridge, the former Ironton-Russell Bridge has been closed to traffic, and demolition of the structure is under way. Phase 1 includes removal of the main span of the bridge by lowering it to a barge and moving it off-site for disassembly and salvage, while Phases 2 and 3 will entail disassembling portions of the cantilevered structure at the piers and detonating the anchor arms, simple span and piers. Phase 1 demolition was completed in mid-January 2017, and Phases 2 and 3 are now scheduled to be completed by early summer.


 Demolition Photos

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 Phase 1 Demolition (Former Bridge)

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 Project Updates


 Contractor: Brayman Construction


 US23 & KY244 Intersection

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 Construction Photos 2016

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 Photo Archive

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Folder: Construction Photos 2012
Construction Photos 2012
Folder: Construction Photos 2013
Construction Photos 2013
Folder: Construction Photos 2014
Construction Photos 2014
Folder: Construction Photos 2015
Construction Photos 2015
Folder: Groundbreaking Ceremony (May 2012)
Groundbreaking Ceremony (May 2012)
Folder: Opening Ceremony (November 2016)
Opening Ceremony (November 2016)
Folder: Walk Across Event (July 2016)
Walk Across Event (July 2016)

 News Releases


 Virtual Tour (New Bridge)

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 Construction Consultant: FIGG Engineering