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Twin Bridges OK After Barge Strike

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An inspection of one of the Twin Bridges hit by a barge showed no significant damage.

The U.S. Coast Guard said the Motor Vessel Washington was pushing 10 empty barges downstream on the Ohio River Tuesday night, when the tow brushed up against the middle pier of the northbound Twin Bridge.

The pilot reported the incident to the Coast Guard, indicating there was no damage to the barges or towboat and only a scrape on the pier.

Kentucky Transportation inspectors checked the bridge Thursday and located a chip less than ½ inch deep on the end pier.

The inspectors said no reinforced steel was exposed and the integrity of the bridge was intact.

The inspection caused a lane restriction and temporary slowdown on the northbound span Thursday morning.