Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Bridge Give Away

October 26, 2011 by staff 

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Bridge Give Away, Want to own a piece of the history of transportation? The Council of Ministers of Transport of Kentucky is looking for a new owner of a 82-year-old, 456 feet high, three-span steel bridge.

The bridge over the river town in northern Kentucky, Perry County, Kentucky 80, is set to be replaced next year. Through a new program, the Cabinet is willing to give the bridge in 1929, qualifying for the National Register of Historic Places, a new owner rather than destroy it.

H.B. Elkins, public information officer for the Kentucky Department of Highways District 10, said the cabinet to pay to make the bridge, dismantle and transport it to a new site. The new owner would have to pay all costs, including installation and maintenance of the bridge.

Elkins said the department has attempted in recent years to give historic bridges in Mercer and Perry counties, but there were no takers.

He said the department was trying to find government entities such as cities, counties or parks departments may need the bridge. The bridge is considered functionally obsolete because it is too narrow, but still in good condition, said Elkins.

“It would work well as an entrance to a public park or a walking trail,” said Elkins. “Or if a particular need a 450-foot bridge to access his property.”

The steel bridge of three spans of 150 feet.

To be eligible for the program, recipients must re-build the bridge to its original features preserved.

Those interested should contact Jeff Allen, coordinator of the environment for the Department of Highways District 10, at (606) 666-8841. Written proposals and letters of interest for the bridge will be accepted until December 20.

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