ROCKCASTLE COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A community is getting help after the state had to cut off their main route into town.
The state closed the Kentucky 1505 bridge into Brodhead in Rockcastle county after engineers found serious safety problems. Last week, WKYT talked to residents, concerned because the detour is 11 miles long and they wanted a quicker, safer route.
It was going to be next Spring before a new bridge was built across the Dix River, replacing the aging structure state officials said was in danger of collapse. However, several days after we showed you the 22 mile round trip detour, the state installed a new, temporary bridge.
The new road over the Dix River is a series of metal culverts, rock and gravel. The temporary bridge is still being constructed, and state officials said they could not say exactly how much it's going to cost. However, residents tell us it's money well spent, and the mayor says it's a major solution to a problem that was destroying the town.
More than 60 homes are on the northwest side of Brodhead, and some parents were having to get their kids up an hour early to catch the bus that was having to take the detour that basically required a trip into Mount Vernon...just to get into downtown Brodhead.
"I know all the people who live less than two miles from here, are all happy that they can get that extra hour of sleep in the mornings. They don't have to get up and get their children to school," said Randy Cromes, who lives in Brodhead.
State officials say they decided to build the temporary expanse after what they described as public outcry because of the lengthy detour. The old bridge will be torn down and bids for a new bridge will be taken in January, but it will likely be Spring until construction begins.
The mayor, and Rockcastle County judge-executive say they also went to Frankfort to demand a solution to the problem.