Engineers survey damage to Panther Creek Bridge, county declares state of emergency


DAVIESS COUNTY, Ky. (WEHT) — Kentucky Transportation Cabinet engineers are getting a closer look at new damage to the Panther Creek Bridge in Daviess County.

Chief District Engineer Deneatra Henderson says the vehicle was going south on Kentucky 81 when it hit the bridge Thursday.

The bridge is closed indefinitely, and Daviess County has declared a local state of emergency.

Engineers are still deciding whether to repair the damage or replace the bridge but say replacement is a strong possibility.

“The bridge has enough age on it that it’s been repaired multiple times, not just the repair last year. That does complicate any type of repair efforts,” Henderson said. “The more you heat the metal, the more brittle it becomes, so that is part of our conversation to decide if the bridge is repairable.”

Henderson says they’ve gotten several tips on who is responsible for the damage. Kentucky State Police are investigating.

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