Bridge gets second round of repairs
Nola Sizemore Staff Writer
A second round of repairs was being made to a bridge at the junction of U.S. 119 and U.S. 421 at Baxter on Wednesday. Traffic was reduced to one lane while repairs were completed.
In August, two steel plates were placed over a pothole in the bridge. Transportation officials, at that time, said this was a “temporary measure” to help motorists traveling across the bridge. They added work was expected to begin with permanent repairs later that month.
Les Dixon, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Public Information Officer for District 11, said, “Repairs on Wednesday were to the bridge’s deck riding surface.” He said, “The bridge deck has deteriorated to the point that these repairs were necessary. We did work on the southbound lane in August, and it was opened to traffic on Aug. 22, and now we’re working on the northbound lane.”
In addressing the expectation of permanent repairs in August to the bridge, Dixon said “full depth repairs were completed to the southbound lane in August” and “partial depth concrete repairs were completed on the northbound lane” on Wednesday.
Dixon added there is no structural damage to the bridge. He said, “It is anticipated at a later date the cabinet will “contract out for a full bridge over-lay to the structure.”
“Our superintendent, Mike Middleton, routinely inspects the deck riding surface (to the bridge) to make sure it is acceptable,” said Dixon.
Constructed in 1966, the bridge spans a portion of the Cumberland River and KY413.
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