Bridge built in 1922 to be refurbished

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

There's not that many left in our area, and now a bridge that has been around since 1922 will remain standing.

Five years ago, plans were made to tear the bridge down on KY 490, but after a re-evaluation, the bridge will now get a face lift starting next week.

It's a lightly traveled road, but it's not always been that way.

"When I went to school, graduated Hazel Green in 1956, all the traffic was on 490. They didn't have 25 or any interstate," said Johnny Lewis who has lived up the road from the bridge his whole life.

The bridge connects Laurel and Rockcastle Counties, and through the years has seen it's fair share of cars.

"This would have been a pretty popular crossing point in the early days of the automobile," said Jonathan Dobson with the Kentucky Department of Highways District 11.

There aren't many bridges left with this type of construction, which is why many people are glad it's being restored instead of torn down.

"This is known as the Pennsylvania Truss Bridge, and its been here since 1922," said Dobson.

"A lot of local people down here were disappointed because that bridge was a historical sight and they hated to see it taken down," said Lewis.

Five years ago, it was more economical to tear the bridge down and build a new one, but that's not the case anymore.

"The cost of materials has changed and upon re-evaluation of this project it was determined the bridge could be restored," said Dobson.

Dobson says the construction includes for all the corroded parts to be rebuilt, he also says a fresh coat of paint will be applied.

"They'll be satisfied that they are going to restore it instead of move it," said Lewis.

And even though this bridge is only lightly used anymore, those who do pass through will get to see a little piece of history.

Construction on the bridge will begin next week on the bridge.

It will be completely closed for one week, and then they will open up to one lane of traffic.

Dobson says the project should wrap up at the end of November.

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