The Washington County fiscal court met in regular session this past Friday, and the status of the ‘Burg bridge was the main topic of discussion on the agenda.
County Judge-Executive John Settles shared with the court that the state bridge inspector’s report suggested that it should remain closed to all through traffic.
There was some hope that the bridge could be reopened but with the stipulation of a smaller weight limit than the previous one of three tons.
But the inspector recommended closing it entirely due to the “extreme deterioration” to critical points of the structure, creating some liability issues.
Some concerned citizens hoped that another possibility was to renovate the bridge to patch up these deficiencies. However, there were not any estimates given for the cost to repair the bridge had they decided to take this route.
As pointed out by Settles, the ‘Burg bridge is solely a Nelson County bridge, according to the state bridge numbering program. And part of the bridge’s significance is that it is the only remaining metal truss bridge in Nelson County (although Settles said that there is another one in Washington County “out toward Sulphur Lake”).
Therefore, the bridge will not be torn down and could possibly be converted into a walkway.
• Washington County Public Library Director Tara O’Hagan presented information to the court about the Washington County library as well. She noted that the library has provided the county with a return of $2.37 for every dollar of taxpayer money used.
• EMS truck 6 was transported to Corbin on Nov. 14 for remounting of the box on its chassis. EMS Director Mark Hale expects the ambulance to be ready in “about a month to 45 days.”
• The court approved the Springfield Water & Sewer Commission’s request to make a road cut to Shay Lane with the understanding that they will reseal the road with a flowable fill, a resolution that was passed during the last fiscal court meeting.
• A citizen asking to make copies of the maps on the wall of the Lincoln Legacy Museum was granted their request after some discussion by the court. The magistrates pondered the ramifications of allowing this act but concluded that it was an acceptable request, especially as it was solely for genealogical purposes and not for resale.
Magistrate Greg Simms was not in attendance.
The next Washington Co. fiscal court meeting will take place on Monday, Dec. 9.