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Clay's Ferry Bridge

Photos 

Side view

Photo taken June 2005 by James Adorno

BH Photo #103306

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Deck truss bridge over the Kentucky River on I-75/US 25/US 421 at Clay's Ferry south of Lexington
Location
Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, and Madison County, Kentucky
Status
Open to six lanes of traffic
History
Built 1946 as part of US 25; twin span added 1963 as part of I-75; both spans widened in 1998 to form a single six-lane bridge
Builder
- Mt. Vernon Bridge Co. of Mt. Vernon, Ohio
Design
Warren deck truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 448.0 ft.
Total length: 1,712.4 ft.
Deck width: 60.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.88367, -84.33932   (decimal degrees)
37°53'01" N, 84°20'22" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/733989/4196246 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Ford
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
75,055
Inventory numbers
KY 034-B00153N (Kentucky bridge number)
BH 18766 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2016)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 76 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • July 23, 2010: New Street View added by Andrew Hansford
  • May 13, 2010: New photos from James McCray
  • May 13, 2010: New photos from J.P.
  • October 10, 2005: Posted photos from James Adorno

Sources 

  • James Adorno
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Andrew Hansford

Comments 

Clay's Ferry Bridge
Posted December 4, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

There are some conflicting statements in the forum on this bridge, and the information shown is misleading. Firstly, I field visited this bridge and ALL connections are bolted, and ALL members are rolled steel beams. In addition, a 1989 photo provides clear photographic evidence (with additional confirmation in the caption) that the bridge seen today is not historic, and is instead an all-new truss sitting on (in part) the earlier piers. The 1946 bridge had built-up beams with lattice and v-lacing, and the 1963 bridge had built-up beams with holes. http://www.kyphotoarchive.com/2017/03/06/i-75-clays-ferry-br...

A 1944 construction photo is here: http://www.kyphotoarchive.com/2014/07/02/clays-ferry-bridge-...

Clay's Ferry Bridge
Posted February 8, 2016, by Sherman Cahal (shermancahal [at] gmail [dot] com)

I can verify that the old bridge was never imploded. The original span was kept in place, twinned and then joined.

Clay's Ferry Bridge
Posted April 19, 2015, by Tom Lewis (tomflies [at] comcast [dot] net)

That 1946 span was erected by the Mt. Vernon Bridge Co. I think it was, at the time, the highest highway bridge east of the Mississippi. My father was the Engineer on that.

Clay's Ferry Bridge
Posted April 19, 2015, by Tom Lewis (tomflies [at] comcast [dot] net)

That 1946 span was erected by the Mt. Vernon Bridge Co. I think it was, at the time, the highest highway bridge east of the Mississippi. My father was the Engineer on that.

Clay's Ferry Bridge
Posted August 5, 2011, by DK

Beautiful truss, but it does look that the substructures are all that remain of the 1946 and 1963 structures that the steel truss appears to be completely replaced. Look at where the truss rests on the piers.

Clay's Ferry Bridge
Posted February 1, 2011, by DT (dataylor3 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Information is wrong about the spans being widened to 6 lanes. The spans were replaced and the old spans were demolished, I saw them fall into the Kentucky River.

Clay's Ferry Bridge
Posted September 4, 2007, by gloria (glorybee [at] insightbb [dot] com)

I WANTED TO KNOW FROM BRIDGE TO THE WATER, HOW MANT FEET IT IS DOWNWARD? I KNOW ITS A LONG WAY DOWN. NOT THE LITTLE CLAYS FERRY BRIDGE, BUT THE I-75 BRIDGE GOING ACROSS THE KENTUCKY RIVER. JUST CURIOUS, THANK YOU