Panther Creek Bridge reopens after repairs

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DAVIESS COUNTY, Ky. (WEHT) – The Highway 81 bridge over Panther Creek in Daviess County is open for the first time since August.

The bridge was severely damaged in August when the upper beams were hit by scrap steel hanging off the trailer of a passing commercial truck.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said over the last six weeks, the contractor replaced portions of the sway bracing on the bridge while other sections were heat-straightened back into shape. The sections of the bridge that were damaged were also repainted.

Approximately 5,200 vehicles normally cross the bridge on a daily basis. Opened to traffic in 1934, the 246-foot structure has a 109-foot span.

The cost of the repairs came in at $327,000.   

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(This story was originally published on November 26, 2019)

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