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By Jamie Baker-Nantz

The bridge on U.S. 25 in Williamstown is now closed.

The bridge officially closed after morning traffic on March 1 and the closing doesn’t sit well with Williamstown Mayor Rick Skinner.

“It’s very disappointing that it didn’t work out and I hope it’s not a huge inconvenience for the traffic flow,” Skinner said.

Skinner asked the state to reconsider closing the bridge and keeping it at least open to cars and trucks.

However, transportation officials denied his request and proceeded with closing the bridge, citing safety reasons as the need for the closure.

The new bridge is expected to be open by Sept. 5.

Motorists will be forced to use detours on Ky. 36, Interstate-75 and Barnes Road. The speed limit in the construction zone will be 25 miles per hour.