Lexington Mayor Calls For Inspections After Concrete Falls From Overpass

Crumbling concrete from an overpass shut down one of Lexington's busiest roads on Tuesday afternoon.

Someone driving on New Circle Road was hit by a falling chunk of concrete at the Nicholasville Road overpass. The driver didn't realize what had happened until he pulled over, a little farther down the road.

Police and the highway department were called in to look into the problem.

Crews shut down the outer loop of New Circle for about an hour while they inspected that overpass. Police diverted traffic over Nicholasville Road, so the traffic back-up wasn't as bad as it could have been.

Transportation workers tried to knock more concrete free from the overpass. They think the problem was caused by some recent patchwork and say the structural integrity of that structure is just fine.

The road reopened just before 5:30 Tuesday afternoon.

Because of the incident, Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry is calling for inspections on all state-maintained bridges in Fayette County. He's asked that those inspections begin as soon as possible.


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  • by Robin Location: Lexington on Jan 30, 2008 at 02:08 PM
    Nichoasville road Bridge is one of the newer bridge. make think about going across the older bridges on new circle rd New circle Rd need to be replaced with 8 lane highway and new bridge before the 2010 games traffic will be a nightmare
  • by Chicken LIttle on Jan 30, 2008 at 05:45 AM
    I told you!
  • by Rick on Jan 30, 2008 at 03:15 AM
    Good move Mayor Chicken-Little we need to spiffy up this dump for the 2010 games, don't forget to hide the homeless.

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