The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KTC) opted to re-open the Lilac Road (Highway 737) bridge which was slated to be closed for a 12-week long roadway project.
The bridge was initially closed on Tuesday, Sept. 8 and a detour route was established using Highway 259 (Brandenburg Road).
Due to project adjustments, however, the bridge was re-opened this week according to KTC representative Chris Jessie.
According to the most recent release from KTC Post 4 in Elizabethtown, the initial work plans included the replacement of the bridge deck and other steel repairs; however, once the project began and the road had been closed, “the contractor proposed changing the scope of work to replace the superstructure and eliminate the painting portion of the project.”
The manufacture of new bridge beams will require additional time, Jessie said, so to allow for this and also to avoid potential complications or making repairs during winter months, the project is now scheduled to take place through March, April and May of next year.
The KTC will give public notice prior to the next closure of the bridge.
Reach Brittany Wise at 270-259-9622 ext. 2014.