Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

February 5, 2013

Bridge closed after inspection

By GINA KINSLOW
Glasgow Daily Times

EDMONTON —

The closing of a one-lane, steel bridge was one of the primary topics of discussion Monday night among members of the Edmonton City Council.

The bridge, which crosses over Clay Lick Creek, has been closed permanently due to it being unsafe for travel. It is the only remaining steel bridge in the city and possibly one of two left in Metcalfe County.

The bridge was inspected about two weeks ago by officials with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.  State inspectors determined the bridge’s tresses were in poor condition.

“They decided it needed to be closed immediately,” said Mayor Howard Garrett during the council meeting.  

Information from the inspection was relayed to state highway department officials in Frankfort for review.

“There were structural issues with the 95-year-old bridge that would have made it unsafe to use at its current capacity of 3 tons,” Keirsten Jaggers, public information officer for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s District Three Office in Bowling Green, said.  “Suggestions were made for improvements until the new bridge could be constructed, but due to the cost for those improvements and the fact that funds are already in the road plan for the replacement, the decision was made to close it.”

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