When the project was first announced at the beginning of the year, rehabilitation of the historic truss bridge on Mary Ingles Highway was supposed to be closed for 150 days and reopened by June 1.
On Tuesday, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced that the project has been delayed by inclement weather and flooding pushing the work timeline into October.
“Completion dates are targets but unforeseeable impacts like weather, can delay crew activities,” said KYTC District 6 Chief Engineer Bob Yeager. “Completing this project remains a priority and we thank the public for their patience as we work to wrap up the project this fall.”
The scope of the $2.1 million project included blast cleaning all structural steel and covering all surfaces with a three-coat paint system. Approaches and the bridge deck were replaced.
The bridge, which is located on Mary Ingles Highway (Ky. 8), was built in 1946 and crosses Twelvemile Creek.
The bridge was closed on January 4. There have been detour signs directing drivers from Mary Ingles to Ivor Rd. (Ky. 2828) to AA Highway (Ky. 9) to Four Mile Rd. (Ky. 547) and back to Mary Ingles.