State provides funding toward emergency bridge replacement

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Concrete piers severely deteriorated on old bridge

By Special to The Sun


Special to the Sun

The following is a press release from the governor’s office.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is providing $211,000 toward emergency replacement of a severely deteriorated bridge in Washington County.

The bridge carries Tick Creek Road over the stream known locally as Pleasant Run. 

The bridge was temporarily closed last Thanksgiving Day when it was discovered that one of three supporting piers had shifted by several inches during high water, causing a section of the bridge to dip.

Once flood water had receded, further inspection by the Transportation Cabinet revealed severe deterioration of concrete near the bottoms of all three piers. 

The bridge was eventually reopened but with a 3-ton posted weight that prohibited all but light vehicular traffic.

Washington County’s estimate for replacing the bridge was $311,000. 

The cabinet agreed to assist in the project by providing $211,000 from Rural Secondary emergency funds. 

Washington County is responsible for all phases of work and any cost above $211,000 under an agreement with the cabinet that was executed on Feb. 1, 2012.

State Sen. Jimmy Higdon, who represents Washington County in the Kentucky Senate, expressed appreciation for the cabinet’s assistance.

“These emergency funds will not only help make travel safer, but improve commerce as heavier trucks will be able to take the quickest route,” said Higdon, of Lebanon.

“Our sincerest gratitude goes to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, and especially to Governor Steve Beshear for his assistance with funding for the replacement of the Tick Creek Road Bridge in Washington County,” said Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles.  “The unexpected structural failure of this bridge caused considerable hardship for many county residents and an unmanageable budget problem for Washington County Fiscal Court. Because of the quick response of Governor Beshear, the bridge is now open and school buses and other essential services can now access that area.”

The bridge re-opened earlier this month, after construction was complete.