Progress made on Tick Creek Road bridge

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By Brandon Mattingly

A regular scheduled fiscal court meeting took place Monday morning. The court decided to move forward in the process of constructing a new bridge on Tick Creek Road.

Last month the bridge weight-limit was dropped from nine tons to three tons due to structural problems.
The bridge was closed during heavy rains by the state, but reopened a few days later.
The bridge closure caused headaches for local traffic, sending some motorists 25 minutes out of their way from their normal routes.
An alternative route was established through private property.
Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles said the next step in the process was for the county to approve an engineering contract before requesting a permit from the Kentucky Division of Water to build a new bridge.
Terry Tingle filed a motion, which was seconded by Billy Riney, Jr., to approve an engineering contract with Brad Spalding.
Settles said the county has had success working with Spalding before, including work on the Willis Lane bridge. They’re hopeful construction of the new bridge can begin soon.
“Brad Spalding has done our engineering work in the past,” Settles said. Once the (Kentucky) Division of Water gives us a permit, then we can go.”
Spalding will be responsible for the engineering design of the bridge, as well as surveying, attaining permits and overseeing construction.
Absent from the meeting was magistrate Greg Simms.
The next regular scheduled meeting will be Thursday, Dec. 22.