Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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February 18, 2014

12:25 AFTERNOON UPDATE: Issues found with MCNP foot bridge

MAMMOTH CAVE NATIONAL PARK — Tours entering the historic section of Mammoth Cave were stopped this morning because of an issue with the foot bridge between the visitor center and Mammoth Cave Hotel.

"Cave tours to the Historic section of Mammoth Cave closed this morning when park staff discovered possible structural problems with the foot bridge between the visitor center and Mammoth Cave Hotel," a press release from the national park stated. "Out of an abundance of caution, all traffic over and under the bridge has been rerouted at this time."

"Park staff found the concrete on the bridge's supporting pillars to be flaking. Engineers will further evaluate the bridge later this week to determine if it is safe for use," the release stated. "The bridge was built in the 1960s to span the ravine between the visitor center and the hotel. A trail under the bridge, the main route to the Historic entrance of Mammoth Cave and several surface hiking trails, is used by visitors, organized cave tours and hikers."

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