Saturday, July 2, 2016

Weisenberger Mill Road bridge closed for safety; replacement project, set for Jan., may be moved up

This view looks into Woodford County from Scott. On the other side, signs and a barrier have been placed before the curve.
This item has been updated.

The bridge over South Elkhorn Creek on the Weisenberger Mill Road has been closed, after a state inspection found it was no longer safe for traffic, the state Transportation Cabinet said Friday.

The cabinet said inspectors say they found advanced deterioration in the lower chord of the truss that supports the deck of the bridge.

The one-lane bridge, built in 1932, is scheduled for replacement with a two-lane span, with construction bids originally to be let in October. That was moved to January 2017 but, "With the closure of the bridge, it may be moved up," Ananias Calvin, the state engineer on the project, said in an email to the Messenger.

The bridge is a popular scenic spot, overlooking the dam of the Weisenberger Mill, built in 1913 on the site of a mill the family built in 1865.

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