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By Randy Patrick
Those traveling U.S. 150 between Springfield and Bardstown will have to put up with dirt, dust and delays for several months, but when the work is done, they’ll have a wider, safer bridge across the Beech Fork River.
The $4.53 million bridge replacement project is well under way, and Van Meter Contracting, which was awarded the job on Dec. 21, has 108 working days to finish. That means it should be done by the end of September.
“It’s a long project. It will be going on throughout the summer into the fall,” said Chris Jessie, a spokesman for the state Department of Highways office in Elizabethtown.
Two-way traffic will be maintained throughout the project, said Jessie, but there are 10-foot width restrictions for “overweight” and “over-dimensional” loads because of the temporary barrier walls that are in place.
Anyone hauling a mobile home, he said, would have to steer clear.
The current speed limit posted is 35 miles per hour.
This week workers were also relocating a water line in the area as part of the work.
When the bridge replacement is finished, Jessie said, the new, wider span will have 12-foot lanes and eight-foot shoulders.