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Floyd County bridge restrictions causing concern

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

BETSY LAYNE, Ky. (WYMT) - It is the only way in and out of their neighborhood, and now some folks in Floyd County say it is a cause for concern.

Folks living on one side of the Justell Bridge are worried they will be stranded in an emergency.

Drive past the Justell Bridge and you might not think anything is wrong, but take a closer look.

"We discovered a crack in one of the piers of the bridge," said Sara George, Information Officer for Highway District 12.

Crews reinforced that pier with steel beams and say it is safe for every day travelers, but they lowered weight and height restrictions to be safe.

That decision frustrated folks like Ellis Wood who lives across the bridge.

"The weight limit I could understand. I truly can, but you don't need a nine foot ceiling on it," he said.

The folks who live on the other side of the bridge say one of their main concerns is the nine foot clearance which they believe does not allow emergency vehicles to cross the bridge.

"I guess if i catch on fire I'll definitely be 100 percent loss," said Wood.

But that may not be the case.

Betsy Layne Fire Department officials say they know about the restrictions and have smaller trucks that can meet them.

"A nine foot height restriction is not unusual. That still accommodates most emergency vehicles," said George.

While that may ease the minds of these homeowners it does not solve every problem.

"I'd like to be able to get the UPS trucks over and the garbage truck. Right now we have to haul our garbage across the river ourself," said Wood.

Highway District officials say they working quickly to award a contract to fix the pier so traffic can flow once again.

They are not sure how long it will take to award a contract, but they say it is listed as an emergency priority.

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