Ben Williamson Memorial Bridge

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Ben Williamson Memorial Bridge
Ben Williamson Memorial Bridge and Simeon Willis Memorial Bridge.jpg
Coordinates 38°29′03″N 082°38′28″W / 38.48417°N 82.64111°W / 38.48417; -82.64111 (Ben Williamson Memorial Bridge)Coordinates: 38°29′03″N 082°38′28″W / 38.48417°N 82.64111°W / 38.48417; -82.64111 (Ben Williamson Memorial Bridge)
Carries 2 lanes of Southbound Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (12th Street)
Crosses Ohio River
Locale Coal Grove, Ohio and Ashland, Kentucky
Maintained by Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
Characteristics
Design Cantilever bridge
History
Opened 1932


Completed in 1932, the two-lane Ben Williamson Bridge connects Coal Grove, Ohio to Ashland, Kentucky, crossing the Ohio River. Named for Senator Ben M. Williamson, it was formerly a two-way span before the parallel Simeon Willis Memorial Bridge was completed upstream in 1985, it is used for Kentucky-bound traffic today. In 1989, the bridge was closed and renovated during which time traffic in both directions was diverted to the Willis Bridge. In early 2007, traffic was again diverted to the Willis bridge in order to renovate and paint the bridge. The bridge was reopened on October 30, 2007. The bridge was also closed briefly in the summer of 2013 after a vehicle ran into one of its two towers.

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