HENDERSON CO., Ky. (WEHT) People can’t drive yet on the new Spottsville bridge in Henderson County, but they stood and sat to see its ribbon cutting.

Governor Andy Beshear, and a woman we highlighted yesterday who was at the old bridge ribbon cutting more than nine decades ago, attended.      

They’re still painting parts of the new Spottsville bridge as contractors continue putting the finishing touches on it before it opens. While traffic is not yet allowed on the new bridge here, the ribbon cutting marks this new way to get across the Green River.

“I’m not sure i’ve ever seen a project where you see so many families that are so excited about it, and that it is so instrumental to their way of life,” said Gov. Beshear.

Irma Day cut the ribbon on the new bridge, like she did with the old one in 1931.

“I think it’s beautiful. It’s a beautiful bridge. And I love it in the blue color,” she says. Day was there with her family watching, and others there in spirit.

“I’m familiar with the blue color because this is my sister’s jacket that she had bought, so she is here with me,” Day says.

The new bridge is 20 feet wider to accommodate larger vehicles such as farm equipment. It replaces the older bridge, which became functionally obsolete.

“We so needed this,” said Becky Bentley, whose family grew up in the Spottsville area. She saw the nearly finished product, just like her late father saw it as it was going up.

“I wish my daddy was here to see it finished, but I’m sure he’s watching every move it makes because he’s been watching it ever since the day it began,” Bentley says.

Kentucky Transportation officials say the painting and road striping still must be done, and plan to open the new bridge by next month. As for the old bridge, they tell us that the work to tear down the bridge and remove roads connected to that bridge will start once the new bridge is open to traffic. 

(This story was originally published on August 17, 2022)