Drivers on Louisville’s Kennedy Bridge may have noticed paint chipping off of the structure this month.
The paint is flaking on the trusses, in areas called splash zones. That’s where passing cars spray water onto the bridge after it rains.
The splash zones were painted with rollers after the main protective paint was applied to the bridge. Intech, the contractors responsible for the job, didn’t clean the areas before applying the paint, and now, less than a year and $60 million dollars later, it’s chipping off.
Intech is putting together a plan to clean and repaint the peeling areas. Transportation cabinet spokesperson Andrea Clifford says they won’t charge for the job, which should end the nine year painting project.
“We certainly thought that the project was done but we’re glad that they’re willing to come back out and do this corrective work,” she says. “We want the job to be finished and we want it to be done well.”
Clifford adds that traffic will likely not be dramatically affected by the repainting, but some lanes will be closed.