7:51am

Wed April 4, 2012
Health and Welfare

Weight and Width Bridge Restrictions

Weight and width restrictions are now in place for a rural bridge that links Madison and Estill counties.  A weight limit of nine tons and a width restriction of 14 feet govern the Kentucky 499 bridge over Drowning Creek.  An inspection revealed a deterioration of support beams.  District Ten Transportation Department spokesman H-B Elkins says one lane of traffic remain open until repairs are complete.  Elkins says most passenger vehicles can still use the bridge

“Even a hummer or something like that not gonna impact the weight limit if you drive a big suv or something like that it’s not gonna come close to that weight limit,” said Elkins.

The replacement of support beams on a rural central Kentucky bridge should not inconvenience many commuters.  H-B Elkins says it’s not a route used by trucks.

“Probably would not get any semi- traffic at all, that road’s not rated for large truck traffic and it’s obviously not on a commercial trucking route…any large trucks traveling between Madison and Estill counties are going to use Kentucky 52,” added Elkins.

Elkins says such repairs are rare.  He says construction has not yet begun.  And, during the project, the bridge could be closed to all traffic for up to a month.  The work should be complete by November.