DAVIESS COUNTY, Ky. (WEHT) – Kentucky Transportation Cabinet engineers said they’ve determined that the KY 81 Panther Creek Bridge in Daviess County can be repaired with an expedited bid and repair process.
The process will look to reopen the bridge to traffic as soon as possible.
The bridge was closed after being damaged on August 14, when the truss was struck by scrap steel hanging off the trailer of a passing commercial truck.
A detour between Calhoun and Owensboro has been required to travel around the closure.
Approximately 5,200 vehicles cross the bridge daily, KYTC said.
Judge Executive Al Mattingly signed an executive order waiving certain procedures and formalities to allow KYTC to expedite the process.
Engineers said it will take several weeks once planning is done to fabricate the steel to repair the bridge.
Once the steel is in, construction is expected to take 6-10 weeks.
(This story was originally published on September 4, 2019)