Eastbound traffic on Bluegrass Parkway will be disrupted by a bridge closure, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

After inspection and analysis of the bridge over Beech Fork in Nelson County, the Cabinet decided to close both eastbound lanes between mile markers 21-25 beginning today.

In a news release, officials said the closure is in the best interest of safety for motorists and will reduce physical stresses and impacts to the structure until repairs can be made.

The Cabinet's District 4 highway office in Elizabethtown said signage for detour routes was completed this morning

Passenger vehicles will detour at Exit 21 in Bardstown onto U.S. 31E to U.S. 62 and then to U.S. 150 in order to rejoin eastbound Bluegrass Parkway at Exit 25.

Truck and commercial traffic will be redirected to Interstate 65 and exit onto Ky. 245 at Clermont to reach U.S. 150 and join the parkway at Bardstown.

Crossovers will be built to divert eastbound traffic to the westbound side, creating one lane of traffic in each direction similar to the construction zone in place now near Elizabethtown.

The detour will remain in place until crossovers are constructed, the highway office's announcement said.

Bridgework plans are in progress as engineers analyze inspection results to determine the scope of repair.

The statement said a formal announcement will be issued early next week as details of the project timeline are developed.

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