Plans for New Spottsville Bridge Unveiled

It's a bridge declared functionally obsolete. And after years of discussion, the 84-year-old Spottsville bridge is coming down. On Tuesday night, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet unveils plans to the public for its all new design.
 
"It's old and crumply."

"You cringe, you feel like you got to draw yourself up just to get by it, you're always afraid your mirrors are going to clash."

A few more years of holding your breath crossing the Green River. A new Spottsville bridge being built just north of the existing structure.

"We could last a little longer with proper maintenance, but the aging of the bridge and width of the bridge and the needs of the area, it needs to be modernized and replaced," says Kevin McClearn, Chief District Engineer with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

"My mother grew up in this area, and she saw the first one built.. that was a long time ago, so the 30's," says Spottsville resident Donald Brown.

New lanes, 50% wider to make room for modern vehicles. And unlike the current bridge, no piers underneath, preventing barge hits. That's welcome news for DeAnna Booker who crosses the river twice daily for work.

"It makes us be rerouted, my drive that takes five minutes takes 45 when we have to not use the bridge," says DeeAnna Booker.

Drivers won't be rerouted during construction. The bridge will stay up until the new one is ready. A $20 million project, completely funded by state and federal tax dollars.

"It's important we go ahead and get it done because there's more truck traffic, the equipment for the farm community is larger, and just public safety. the importance with the number of vehicles approximately 3,000 cars a day," says Henderson County Magistrate George Warren.

Including cars driven by Spottsville resident Kenny Christer.

"It's a hazard trying to get out and around trying to go left to Owensboro, it's a hazard getting onto the bridge, traffic, it's hard to see, it's way too narrow. I'm excited about it," says Kenny Christer.

"Looks like something that's pretty progressive, something that's long overdue," says Donald Brown.

Between now and next spring, the Commonwealth will acquire a few properties in the area. That's because it'll need land just north of the current bridge. Construction is set to start spring of 2017 and should be done sometime in 2019 or 2020.


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