KYTC: Panther Creek Bridge won’t reopen without substantial repairs

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DAVIESS COUNTY, Ky. (WEHT) An update now on the Panther Creek Bridge closure in Daviess County. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials say the bridge will not reopen until substantial repairs are made.

It closed yesterday after a truck carrying scrap metal hit parts of the bridge.

Barricades have been up since yesterday after the truck and the metal it carried damaged some overhead support beams. It happened just before 3:00 PM Wednesday. Daviess County Sheriffs Deputies say the driver of the truck involved was cited for exceeding height limits on the bridge. KYTC officials say it could be a while before these barricades come down and the bridge reopens.

Engineers concluded that the bridge can’t reopen even with a reduced load limit. They’re still seeing what repairs can be made, the cost, and how long the bridge will be closed. People who live near the bridge say they couldn’t believe it would close again, nearly a year after maintenance work caused another closure for several weeks.

“I’m hoping they get pretty fast work and I know the farmers depend on going back and forth with their machinery and everything. That’s their livelihood,” says Jane Shelton, who lives south of the bridge.

The closing also affects some Daviess County schools. Daviess County Public School officials say their buses will follow detours and set up alternate pick ups and drop offs as necessary. Traffic will be detoured along Kentucky 554, Todd Bridge Road and Keller Road while the bridge is closed.

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(This story was originally published on August 15, 2019)

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