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Lincoln Trail Bridge

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Crosses  Ohio River
Address  Hawesville, KY 42348, USA
Location  Cannelton
Carry  Kentucky Route 69
Total length  2,708.3 feet (825.5 m)
Opened  1966
Body of water  Ohio River
Lincoln Trail Bridge
Carries  2 lanes of Indiana 237 and Kentucky 69
Locale  Cannelton, Indiana and Hawesville, Kentucky
Official name  Bob Cummings Lincoln Trail Bridge
Design  Through arch bridge with suspended deck
Bridge type  Arch bridge, Through arch bridge
Similar  Ohio River, Matthew E Welsh Bridge, Cairo Ohio River Bridge, William H Natcher Bridge, Brookport Bridge

The Bob Cummings Lincoln Trail Bridge crosses the Ohio River and connects the towns of Cannelton, Indiana and Hawesville, Kentucky. Indiana State Road 237 becomes Kentucky Route 69 upon entering Hawesville.

Construction began in June 1964 and the bridge opened on December 21, 1966. The steel arch bridge with its suspended deck was a toll facility until the state of Indiana lifted the tolls in the 1990s.

Bob Cummings, for whom the bridge was named on November 17, 1974, was the editor of the Cannelton News and a booster of Cannelton in general until his death on July 25, 1971.

New connections

To the north, the bridge connects to a rerouted five-mile stretch of Indiana 237, which now by-passes Cannelton and dramatically cuts the time of travel to Indiana 37, which is the primary link to Interstate 64 for both Perry County as well as Hancock County, Kentucky.

In Hawesville, Kentucky 69 takes a sharp westward turn into the downtown area before reaching a traffic signal at the junction of Kentucky 3101. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is studying a direct route for Kentucky 69 that would eliminate the sharp turns and steep hill just outside the downtown area.


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