Drivers Worried About Central Kentucky Bridge

By: Cynthia Ibarra Email
By: Cynthia Ibarra Email

After watching our newscast last week about concrete falling from a bridge over New Circle Rd, David Mason says there is a dangerous bridge in Clark County that needs to be inspected.

Mason says there are coal trucks and heavy trucks driving on Mountian Parkway, but it's what can be seen when driving underneath the bridge that has him worried.

He says rusty bars and concrete on the ground can be seen when driving under the bridge and hopes officials inspect this bridge and all the others in the area. Meanwhile, he's taking an alternate route and avoiding the bridge.

We called the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet who tried to put us in touch with the highway district which includes Clark County, but they were not available for comment.

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  • by RALPH Location: PIKEVILLE on Feb 4, 2008 at 09:43 AM
  • by Anonymous on Feb 3, 2008 at 08:14 AM
    If exposed rebar and flaking concrete make a bridge dangerous, you might as well stop driving altogether. This really isn't newsworthy.
  • by Steve Location: Lexington on Feb 3, 2008 at 06:24 AM
    The Transportation Cabinet inspected all state-maintained bridges in KY after the Minneapolis tragedy last fall, under orders from Gov. Fletcher. There are a LOT of bridges that have exposed rebar on them around our state and many others, concrete just doesn't hold very well upside-down in our weather conditions (hot-cold-hot-cold in 48 hours). What this man needs to realize is that the concrete on the underside of the bridge is NOT what provides the structural integrity of the bridge, it's the rebar under it that's holding it together. The concrete is mostly to make it look better so you don't see all that metal fused together that is holding it up. This is yet another case of the media sensastionalizing something to the point that people become paranoid and think that every bridge in the state is to the point of imminent collapse...hogwash! Go out on I-64 at exit 48 at Graefenburg and take a look at the underside of that bridge (listed as critical to fix) to see something bad.
  • by Bill on Feb 3, 2008 at 05:07 AM
    Its a waste of time to ask for help with anything in Kentucky. You will very lucky not be charged with a crime ,if you report problems.If not you will talked down too in short order.
  • by Donald Setser Location: martin co. on Feb 3, 2008 at 02:41 AM
    I travel the mountain parkway a lot on the way to lexington. This bridge story concerns me.I had no idea that there were bad bridges on this road.


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