MADISONVILLE, Ky. (WEHT) – KYTC will move the Blackford Creek bridge to Sandy Lee Watkins County Park in Henderson.
Last fall the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet advertised the Hancock County bridge for adoption and received proposals from seven entities by the December 1 deadline. The park has been actively seeking historic bridges to pass over drainage ways within the park to complete their walking trails. They have already been able to procure two historic bow string bridges from northern Kentucky. The Blackford Creek bridge was determined to be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places by the Kentucky State Historic Preservation Officer in 2011.
The Federal Highway Association (FHWA) and KYTC will pay all expenses associated with match marking, disassembly, transportation to the new site, and off-loading of the bridge. The new owner is responsible for all costs associated with site preparation and re-assembly of the bridge. Any additional costs the project might bear will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
KYTC plans to initiate construction of a new bridge at the original Blackford Creek site.
(This story was originally published on February 11, 2020).