Russell Viaduct

    Russell Viaduct Construction

    The Russell Viaduct carries KY Route 244 over the CSX Railroad in Russell, Kentucky.

    The Russell Viaduct was constructed in 1937-38 2 to replace an at-grade crossing and carry US Route 23 over the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway. The alignment, which snaked through narrow city streets and an underpass, was bypassed with a four-lane alignment in 1957. 1 KY Route 244 was re-designed over the viaduct.

    Russell Viaduct Layout

    This is a view of the Russell Viaduct alignment from 1937, showing the bridge’s proposed alignment and the at-grade intersection it removed.

    Planning to either replace or rehabilitate the then-72-year-old Russell Viaduct began in 2010, with consultants, local officials, and the public weighing in on alternatives. 3 Following a public meeting in 2012, 4 which unveiled alternatives for the project, it was decided to replace the crossing to realign the eastern terminus with a rebuilt US Route 23 and KY Route 750 intersection and avoid the complicated intersection that existed with the Oakley Clark Collins Memorial Bridge. 3

    A low-bid contract of $20.6 million was awarded to Triton Construction in March 2020, 4 and construction of the new Russell Viaduct began on May 4. 3


    • State: Kentucky
    • Route: KY Route 244
    • Type: Girder or Beam
    • Status: Active - Automobile
    • Total Length: 1,095 feet
    • Main Span Length: 80 feet
    • Deck Width: 32 feet
    • Roadway Width: 26 feet


    1. Ashland-Portsmouth (Russell By-Pass) Road.” Project Archives, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, 1957.
    2. US -23 (Grade, Drain, and Surface).” Project Archives, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, 1937.
    3. “Russell to get new bridge.” Ironton Tribune, 22 Apr. 2020.
    4. Blair, Allen. “Russell Viaduct Project.” Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

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