An indefinite detour established Saturday morning as a safety precaution will cause delays for eastbound traffic on the Bluegrass Parkway.
After inspection and analysis of the bridge over Beech Fork in Nelson County, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet decided to close both eastbound lanes between mile markers 21 through 25.
“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,” according to a statement release by the Cabinet’s District 4 highway office in Elizabethtown.
After signage was posted for the detour routes, the closure began at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Passenger vehicles will be required to use Exit 21 in Bardstown onto U.S. 31E. To rejoin the parkway at Exit 25, the detour routes traffic into Bardstown to U.S. 62 and then to U.S. 150.
Truck and commercial traffic is being redirected to Interstate 65 and will exit onto Ky. 245 at Clermont in Bullitt County to reach U.S. 150 and join the parkway at Bardstown.
The state plans to build crossovers 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 with timeline for the crossovers and bridge repairs will be issued early this week as plans are developed, according to officials.