Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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February 19, 2014

2:40 AFTERNOON UPDATE: Mammoth Cave footbridge cleared for use

MAMMOTH CAVE NATIONAL PARK — The footbridge between Mammoth Cave National Park visitor center and Mammoth Cave Hotel has been cleared of safety concerns, according to a press release from the national park.

The footbridge has reopened, following an inspection by Federal Highway Administration engineers.

Deputy Superintendent Bruce Powell stated: "The engineers reported that the interior concrete and rebar in the support pillars are solid and much, more than adequate to support the bridge and its traffic."  

Repairs will be scheduled in the coming months to prevent additional damage. The crumbling concrete will be removed, down to the solid layer and replaced, the release stated.

The footbridge is inspected by FHWA every four years and its last inspection was in 2010.

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