KTC is looking for a new home for an old bridge

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is looking for a new home for an old Perry County bridge.

The state plans to replace the aging bridge that carries KY 451 over the North Fork of the Kentucky River near Glomawr.

Rather than demolishing the 85 year old bridge, the state wants to give it a new home within Kentucky.

A program is in place through the Federal Highway Administration, State Historic Preservation Office and KYTC to allow government agencies, historic preservation organizations or individuals to re-erect the bridge if its original characteristics are retained at the new site.

Historic organizations and individuals must be approved by the state historic preservation officer to be eligible for the program.

Under the program, KYTC and FHWA will pay the costs of marking parts of the bridge, disassembling it, transporting it to the new site, and off-loading it. The recipient is responsible for all other costs, including site preparation, reassembly, replacement of parts suitable for the proposed use at the new location and construction of approaches.

The recipient also becomes responsible for maintenance, liability and permits associated with the bridge.
Possible uses for the bridge include becoming part of a walking or bicycling trail in a city or county park, or being used by a property owner as a unique stream crossing for a private driveway.

Eligible recipients can request additional information from Allen at the District 10 office located at 473 Highway 15 South, Jackson, by writing him at P.O. Box 621, Jackson, KY 41339, by emailing him at jeff.allen@ky.gov or by calling him at (606) 666-8841. Letters of interest and written proposals for relocation of the bridge will be accepted until Aug. 13.

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