Covered bridge project gets nearly $1 million grant

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By Jesse Osbourne


County officials haven’t been notified, and details aren’t available, but the Mt. Zion Covered Bridge is supposedly set to receive nearly $1 million in grant money for repairs.

The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration website lists the restoration of the Beech Fork Covered Bridge as one of the projects selected to receive grant money from the National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation program.
The amount listed to go to the project is $955,960. Over $8.4 million is set aside for national covered bridge projects.
The bridge is one of 23 across the nation tabbed for preservation, restoration or rehabilitation.
Ringo’s Mill Covered Bridge in Fleming County is the only other bridge set for grant money in Kentucky.  
Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles said he has seen the project listed on the website, but has received no official word about the grant, nor does he know any details about how the money can be used.
The bridge is currently covered in graffiti and is not available for motorist use.