Program to restore 1,000 bridges statewide

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Emergency road funding awarded to Jackson County Fiscal Court

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is launching a statewide bridge program it says will rehabilitate or replace more than 1,000 bridges across the state.

The cabinet says Bridging Kentucky is one of the nation’s most aggressive bridge rehabilitation and replacement programs.

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Over the first two years of the six-year program alone, the Bridging Kentucky team will begin rehabilitating or replacing nearly 400 bridges.

The cabinet says there will be an estimated investment of approximately $700 million over six years for the program, which will focus on state, county and municipal bridges that have fallen into disrepair and are rated in poor condition.

More than 60 of those bridges currently are closed to traffic.

The team has started evaluating and prioritizing improvements of more than 1,000 bridges and those bridges with either be rehabilitated or under construction by 2024, according to the cabinet.