LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky Transportation Cabinet leadership and state and local officials hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday to celebrate the opening of the brand new Kennedy Mill Bridge completed 11 months ahead of schedule.
The bridge provides a critical link to KY 152 traffic crossing over Herrington Lake between Mercer and Garrard Counties.
The new bridge replaces the original 1924 bridge that was closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic in March due to bridge deck failures and deterioration of the bridge truss. The new bridge was originally scheduled for completion in November 2019.
The new bridge is a continuous span steel plate girder with one lane in each direction. It features wider 8 foot shoulders for increased safety and has no posted weight restriction limiting the movement of emergency services and commercial trucks. Walsh Construction was contracted for the job and increased their crew size to approximately 40 full time employees to expedite construction.
The replacement bridge has a two-lane traffic capacity. The traffic count for KY 152 across the bridge in 2017 was 1,795 vehicles per day. The bridge is located mid-lake near Kamp Kennedy, Pandora and Chimney Rock Marina. Herrington Lake is an artificial lake with 2,335 acres. Kentucky Utilities created the lake in 1925 by damming the Dix River to generate hydroelectric power.
Significant rainfall during winter months delayed construction of the underwater piers. Kentucky Utilities agreed to delay the seasonal return to summer pool elevation during March and May to ensure the work continued without interruption.
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