KYTC expedites project to repair damaged bridge in Daviess Co.

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Courtesy: KYTC Facebook

OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has expedited a project to make emergency repairs to a bridge in southern Daviess County.

The bridge, between Owensboro and Calhoun, was closed last month due to damage caused by a truck hauling scrap metal that hit an overhead support beam on the bridge structure.

It’s located on Kentucky 81 that crosses Panther Creek.

Engineers have completed an evaluation of the bridge to develop plans to repair it.

Beginning Sept. 16th KYTC officials will accept bids through Sept. 23rd at 4:00 p.m.

The project will include the straightening and repair of steel beams and braces, and replacement of lattice bars and rivets to ensure safety.

Officials expect to award a contract by early October and plan for the work to be complete by late November.

Qualified construction firms interested in bidding on the project can access documents by clicking here.

The bridge was built in 1934 using a Pratt steel truss design.

More than 5,000 vehicles use the bridge to cross Panther Creek in an average day.

Kentucky 81 is still closed, with marked detours.

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(This story was originally published on September 13, 2019)

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