The Grange City Covered Bridge is one of three covered bridges in Fleming County, KY.
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Barring any flooding that should hopefully hold until long-term action can be taken. Looks to me as if the bridge will have to be dismantled and repaired, with the abutments needing to be replaced.
Ok so the first pic is from July when assistance had arrived. I am delighted to see what the scene shows today, they have done a wonderful job of straightening this bridge on-site, even the floor is back in position. The bridge does still have quite a pronounced bow, but considering where it was a few months ago...
If you want to see this bridge I would strongly suggest that you do not wait. I honestly don't know what is holding it up...
Historic Grange City Covered Bridge in danger of collapse
There are only twelve left in Kentucky. One of these bridges, Grange City Covered Bridge, is in bad condition.
The bridge has been deteriorating for years, according to Paul Barber who has lived by the bridge for 45 years.
"The old bridge down there was my kid's playhouse, I mean that's where they played when they were growing up, it just breaks my heart that our politicians have let this go this long," says Barber. "It tears me up to see it in that shape when it should have been repaired, it should have been the first one."
"A community treasure, it's an important part of Kentucky's transportation history," says Allen Blair, spokesman for Kentucky Department of Highways.
Barber warns if action isn't taken soon, history is going to be wasted.
"If they don't do something within the next week to 10 days at the most, it's going to be passed fixing," says Barber.
Transportation Secretary Jim Gray was on the bridge site Tuesday with engineers and experts to discuss the situation. They are still weighing several options before moving forward.
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Hopefully these historical bridges can be preserved. The Mayor should step up to the plate and declare that they be preserved. Hopefully no more arsen will take place. Will be touring there soon.
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My son and I visited Fleming County yesterday, and aside from the recently restored Goddard Bridge, I was shocked at the state of the covered bridges in the county. It appears that Fleming County has decided to allow the number of bridges to dwindle from three to two as the Grange City Bridge appears to have been forgotten. The Grange City bridge appears to be near collapse, with a large chunk of roadway at both ends of the bridge washed away, and little being done aside from moving the guardrail closer to the middle of the barrel. It has also had parts ripped from the interior and it missing several braces. My son, who had never seen a covered bridge up close, commented on the rather depressing state of the bridge compared to the other two, which told me a lot. Aside from the Cabin Creek bridge in Lewis County, (which has had a restoration truss installed for several years,) this bridge is the worst I've seen in Kentucky and will soon fall into the creek if nothing is done to save it. Just sad.