KYTC announces plan to build more than 100 bridges

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A construction crew pours a concrete deck for a bridge in Nelson County

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ)- The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says it will build more than 100 bridges in eastern and southeastern Kentucky under a new plan.

It is part of a statewide initiative called the Bridging Kentucky Program.

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The Transportation Cabinet credits Governor Matt Bevin and the Kentucky General Assembly with the plan, which sets out to restore more than 1,000 bridges in six years.

“Ensuring the safety of bridges and roadways across Kentucky is our top priority,” said KYTC Secretary Greg Thomas. “This project will allow us to efficiently replace a large number of bridges in poor condition so they are safe for school buses, emergency vehicles, commercial trucks and all travelers.”

In early June, KYTC says it will look for design-build teams interested in taking part.

Royce Meredith, KYTC’s program manager for Bridging Kentucky, said the state will do the bridge projects under one contract.

“We have a large concentration of bridges that need to be replaced in eastern Kentucky. More than half of the bridges in the program are located east of Interstate 75,” Meredith said. “By combining these projects into one larger design-build project, we expect to reduce construction costs for the program. We also expect that having a single team building these bridges will improve coordination among the tightly clustered projects and lessen the impact on travelers.”

This is part of a busy year for bridge projects. KYTC says in 2019 more than 400 bridge projects will move from design and planning to construction.

More than 20 bridges have already been finished and are open again.

“We’re seeing tremendous progress,” Secretary Thomas said. “KYTC is moving quickly to reopen closed bridges and restore bridges that are below their required capacities. This program will provide many long-term benefits to all Kentucky taxpayers by reducing annual maintenance costs and improving safety throughout the Commonwealth.”

You can learn more on Bridging Kentucky’s website.

 

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