Bridge in Perry Co. set to open sometime this week

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

Construction is almost complete, and it will not be long until traffic will be flowing smoothly on the Hal Rogers Parkway at Exit 56

The bridge has been closed since the Spring, and it's caused headaches for many drivers, but officials with Kentucky's Department of Highways tell WYMT everything should be back open by the end of this week.

For Valerie Trent, this bridge construction has been more than a headache for her and her three kids.

"I can leave my house at 7:30, and it will be after 8:00, before I make it to work. So over 30, 45 minutes," said Trent who lives near the bridge.

That trip used to only take her less than half that time, but those stressful mornings are almost over.

The bridge and the road under it are receiving the finishing touches.

"We've done a little work with the curve there and replaced the old bridge with a new bridge and put a barrier wall between the two lanes of the Hal Rogers Parkway to limit the possibility of head on collisions," said H.B. Elkins with Kentucky's Department of Highways.

In the past there have been many fatal wrecks on this section of the road. Elkins says these improvements should make it safer.

"I think it's gonna serve a good purpose. It will look better because it was dangerous trying to get off the exit because you couldn't really see," said Trent.

Elkins says barring any weather holdups the bridge should be open to traffic by the end of this week.

He says once the parkway opens back up the speed limit will return to 55 miles per hour.

Once the bridge is opened, Elkins also says there will still be crews on the road periodically so drivers still need to take extra caution.

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