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Posted June 18, 2017, by Andy Peters (anpete1971 [at] gmail [dot] com)

this is an amazing bridge in an amazing setting, although it does have a very tragic history

Posted June 15, 2017, by Walter Laughlin (laughlin [dot] robert [at] gmail [dot] com)

I'm surprised i haven't posted this here.

The covered bridge in 1895:

Posted June 3, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thanks to Mr. Todd and KYTC for the new photographs. It is good to have officials contributing on here.

Posted May 17, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

Hey Jack Schmidt, do you get down this way now again? Saw you had captured bridges around this county.

Posted May 17, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Here is the page for it!

Posted May 17, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Geeze... I've never seen so many converted RR spans in one county!

Posted May 17, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I don't know if there is support for rail trails in Kentucky, but I do know that based on my experience in West Virginia there seems to be a lot of people there who support them. These trails have been a pretty good boon to West Virginia from what I understand.

If this road in Kentucky were to become a trail it would certainly be a local attraction. If people want to support it might become a nice asset for the area.

Posted May 17, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Wow!

Posted May 17, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Not a 1913 bridge... More like ca.1890.

Posted May 17, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Photos 9,10 and 11 are not the same bridge as 1-8.

Posted May 17, 2017, by M Cox (trock859[at]yahoo[dot]com)

Closed to all traffic. Deck rotting away.

Posted May 17, 2017, by M Cox (trock859[at]yahoo[dot]com)

Closed to all traffic. Deck rotting away.

Posted May 17, 2017, by M Cox (trock859[at]yahoo[dot]com)

Closed to all traffic. Deck rotting away.

Posted May 17, 2017, by M Cox (trock859[at]yahoo[dot]com)

Slated for demolition and replacement. Get out to see it before it's gone!

Posted May 17, 2017, by M Cox (trock859[at]yahoo[dot]com)

Slated for demolition and replacement. Get out to see it before it's gone!

Posted May 17, 2017, by M Cox (trock859[at]yahoo[dot]com)

Scheduled for demotion and replacement.

Posted May 17, 2017, by Melissa Jurgensen

The bridge is scheduled for replacement and currently the State of Kentucky is trying to give the bridge away with certain restrictions according to a September 11, 2016 Lexington Herald Leader Story. The bridge was still standing upon my last visits in March of 2017.

Posted May 15, 2017, by Anonymous

This is an ALMICEB

Posted May 15, 2017, by M Cox (trock859[ar]yahoo[dot]com)

at least it's a truss, not a UCEB.

Posted May 15, 2017, by M Cox (trock859[at]yahoo[dot]com)

demolished and replaced

Posted May 3, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It was probably a joint effort Sarah. The bridge was owned by the state when it was replaced and was probably deeded to the county, town or a private entity. I looked at the HAER documentation that was executed as part of the mitigation before it was replaced, and the move had already been in the works.

Posted May 3, 2017, by Sarah Moore (auburntaxdept [at] logantele [dot] com)

Do you know how this bridge ended up in Auburn? Was it donated by someone or was it bought by the city?

Posted April 29, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Looks like the boat took the brunt of it!

Posted April 29, 2017, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridge took a shot from an escaped boat.

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1010303890347545...

Posted April 28, 2017, by M Cox (trock859 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Is the bridge open or not?

Posted April 26, 2017, by M Cox (trock859 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I know, right? The new bridge is so ugly and boring. 😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😣😡😣😡😡😡😡😡😡😣💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤👺👺👎🏿🚷🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌‼️⁉️⁉️⁉️🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫👺🚫🚫😡😡😡⁉️😡😡😡😡⁉️⁉️😡😡😡😡😡😡😡 I have the ugly bridge song. it goes There, was a bridge across the creek and ugly was the bridge oh, U-G-L-Y, U-G-L-Y, U-G-L-Y, and ugly was the bridge,oh. etc. to the rhythm of bingo.

Posted April 26, 2017, by M Cox (trock859 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

So much better than a UCEB.

High Bridge (Kentucky)
Posted April 25, 2017, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Added a new street view, someone was crazy enough to get up on the deck and make a panoramic and its on Google. You really get an idea of how tall this bridge really is.

Posted April 24, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

What a waste!

Posted April 24, 2017, by M Cox (trock859 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Replacued by yet another Ugly Concrite Eyesore Bridge (UCEB).

Posted April 24, 2017, by M Cox (trock859 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

replaced by an Ugly Concrite Eyesore Bridge (UCEB).

Posted April 24, 2017, by M Cox (trock859 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Lost

Posted April 16, 2017, by Satolli Glassmeyer (info [at] Scenicroadrallies [dot] com)

Hi Rich,

I'm interested in producing a short documentary video on this bridge. Could you please give me a call at 812-623-5727?

Satolli Glassmeyer

Posted April 15, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Not my day.I meant wasn't,not wasnkt.

Posted April 15, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Ignore that double message I sent,M Cox.As if the e-mail screw-up wasnkt enough.

Posted April 15, 2017, by george oakley (goakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

No problem,M Cox.I give credit where it's due.

Posted April 15, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Think I gave a wrong e-mail.Should be georgeoakley49@yahoo.com.

Posted April 15, 2017, by george oakley (goakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

No problem,M Cox.I give credit where it's due.

Posted April 14, 2017, by M Cox (trock859 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

your'e welcome

Posted April 13, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thanks M Cox.Didn't know if you or anybody else saw that bridge.

Posted April 12, 2017, by M Cox (trock859 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

There are two bridges over a the RR track on this road. The wood one is closer to the blocked pony truss. The concrite bridges are on the other side of the road. By the way the truss bridge was replaced. It's replacement is a modern pony truss. It is open to traffic.

Posted April 9, 2017, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

corrected it, thanks for pointing it out.

Posted April 8, 2017, by Brian Lockett

This is a 1941 map that includes the bridge when it was still in use (as part of a public road.

It's on the western side of Anderson County near the Anderson/Spencer/Shelby border, just below "WAYSIDE."

Posted April 8, 2017, by Brian Lockett

The road is actually KY-528

Posted April 5, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

M cox,i saw at least 2 concrete spans,1 over r.r. tracks and 1 over a waterway.I also saw a truss bridge on satellite than had barriers on it so you couldn't drive over it.Do you know about this bridge or is this bridge opened or replaced?

Posted April 4, 2017, by M Cox (trock859 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I would like to say that it still exists😄! It has been mistaken for a concrete bridge on the other end of the road. We went on a bridge hunt a few weeks ago ago and it was there.

Posted March 29, 2017, by Walter Laughlin (laughlin [dot] robert [at] gmail [dot] com)

Just FYI: Regarding this linked article, Shelbyville is WEST of Lexington, not east. It is east of Louisville.

http://thebridgehunter.areavoices.com/2014/01/22/bailey-trus...

Posted March 7, 2017, by Anonymous

Oh my!

Posted March 6, 2017, by Anonymous

RATS LIVE NOT ON EVIL STAR

Posted March 6, 2017, by Anonymous

ΪʲôѰ

Posted March 6, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

我不明白为什么每个人都用另一种语言说话。 我非常爱桥梁。

Posted March 5, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It's a term I have used for many years...

https://www.google.com/#q=extant+definition&*

*I see it was also the title of a short-lived CBS show starring Halle Berry!

Posted March 5, 2017, by Dana & Kay

Cant decide what to put on my bridge visiting hard hat, Drochaid Sealgair or Pontem Ventator!

Posted March 5, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Extant is a commonly misused word in general. Many people think that it means gone, when it actually means still in existence.

Gee, and here I thought that the Highlands Latin School was where they mixed Gaelic and Latin...gabh mo leisgeul...

Slow Sunday on Bridgehunter...

Posted March 5, 2017, by Anonymous

Tu Auten Ponten Venator!

Posted March 5, 2017, by Anonymous

(Scottish) Highland Latin? I'm not sure which language to groan in.

At least it's more or less extant (Latin exstant), meaning existent or surviving, an old word from the Latin commonly used incorrectly on BH.

Posted March 5, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Tapadh leibh :-)

Posted March 5, 2017, by Anonymous

liosta bucaid

Posted March 5, 2017, by Anonymous

Glort

Posted March 5, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Well, I don't know how to say bucket list in Gaelic but Bridgehunting in the Highlands is on my bucket list. Scotland has some incredible stone arch bridges. Plus I wouldn't mind seeing the ancestral homeland of our family...

Posted March 5, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Klaatu barada nikto

Posted March 5, 2017, by Anonymous

drochaid sealgair s a 'Ghidhealtachd

Posted March 5, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Tha gu math, tapadh leibh. Ciamar a tha sibh fhein?

Posted March 5, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

finis

Posted March 5, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Ixnay on the atinlay

Posted March 5, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

Linguam Latinam in quibusdam locis adhuc

Posted March 4, 2017, by Walter Laughlin (l)

Magnum narras, nihil usquam non est verum. fornicem in lapide constructa, ut habetur Luc prodidere MDCCCLXIX aperto loco ubi Lorem filiorum. Adhuc in scholis docuerint classica latina forma structurae linguae Latinae per quattuor saltem annos. Tamen, invenitur interesting.

Posted March 4, 2017, by Walter Laughlin (laughlin [dot] robert [at] gmail [dot] com)

A couple of points of correction: This is actually TWO bridges. The highway bridge carrying Broadway (and this modern affectation of calling it Broadway STREET annoys me to no end) was built in 1898 as the railroad bridge. It also had a wooden deck to allow wagons and pedestrians to use it. It replaced the first iron railroad bridge in 1898 - a Fink truss built in 1868. The Fink truss replaced the second railroad covered bridge at this location lost in a flood in 1867. The second covered bridge replaced the first covered bridge which was burned by the Confederates in 1863 during the occupation of Frankfort. The covered bridge replaced the first railroad bridge at the location which was a wire suspension bridge. David Morse of Frankfort can give even more detail on the history of the railroad and crossings.

The present railroad bridge was built in 1929.

Posted March 4, 2017, by Walter Laughlin (laughlin [dot] robert [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yes, the abutments are significantly older than the bridge. The abutments are clearly Antebellum and given that the original span was a double-barrel due to the width of the masonry, I would estimate circa 1832 and built by James Carrothers would be a reasonable guess.

What is not known is if the original covered bridge survived the Civil War or was replaced by a second one which was very common in the Commonwealth.

Unfortunately, no photographs of the covered bridge(s) at this location have been discovered.

Posted March 4, 2017, by Walter Laughlin (laughlin [dot] robert [at] gmail [dot] com)

The mid-1920s saw significant bridge and highway improvement work in Kentucky. I don't have the link available at the moment, but, the 1925 Highway Commission Report is available online and should tell, if not the scope of the project, at least the cost of it. From this it should be able to reasonably ascertain if repairs were major or minor.

Posted March 4, 2017, by Walter Laughlin (laughlin [dot] robert [at] gmail [dot] com)

Just in case you're curious where the covered bridge was. The south abutment and the pier footings can still be seen.

Posted February 2, 2017, by Mike Robinson (mrobinson [at] ltadd [dot] org)

This bridge has been moved and saved. Grayson County has reinstalled the bridge at a new park they are building in Leitchfield, KY. It is going to be used for pedestrian access from downtown to other park facilities.

Approximate location:

86 17 27.42W

37 28 39.48N

Posted January 31, 2017, by J. (purrfectangel [at] windstream [dot] net)

There is no Clark Fork River in Harlan County, Kentucky. The river in this picture is the Clover Fork River.

Posted January 28, 2017, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Got to visit the bridge at night finally. The detail lighting on the truss is amazing.

Posted January 23, 2017, by Walter Laughlin (laughlin [dot] robert [at] gmail [dot] com)

The 1921 date is incorrect and was my mistake. The bridge was damaged by an overloaded traction engine in 1909 and was removed and replaced by an iron pony truss. THIS bridge was replaced by a heavier pony truss about 1921ish which in turn was replaced by a wider concrete bridge in 1934.

Posted January 18, 2017, by Walter Laughlin (laughlin [dot] robert [at] gmail [dot] com)

I just got a better look. You're correct. The old bridge was bypassed and left in place.

Posted January 18, 2017, by Walter Laughlin (laughlin [dot] robert [at] gmail [dot] com)

Unfortunately there's not street level imagery available, though I have not checked Bing Maps. I saw the barriers on the old alignment but it appeared to me that the old bridge had been removed. I did find a recent engineering report which recommended it for preservation but I would be curious to know the outcome. Specifically I need to get down there and see if I can reconcile the abutments with the covered bridge photograph.

Posted January 17, 2017, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I agree. Also looks like the original bridge was left standing and not demolished. Looks like Jersey barriers were placed in front.

Posted January 17, 2017, by Walter Laughlin (laughlin [dot] robert [at] gmail [dot] com)

Satellite imagery appears to indicate that this bridge has been removed and replaced by concrete at a slightly revised alignment.

Posted January 3, 2017, by Michael Page (tribe2210 [at] windstream [dot] net)

It is looking likely that the ferry will never be placed back in service at this location. The low level dam several miles down river that created a slackwater pool for the ferry to operate has failed. Because there is no longer any commercial navigation on the upper Green River, repair is unlikely.

http://www.wbko.com/content/news/Mammoth-Cave--403894866.htm...

Posted December 28, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This bridge appears to be quite rare based on report by Kentucky Transportation Center:

Built in 1917, this bridge is comprised of a pin connected Pratt deck truss and two pin-connected Warren deck trusses. This is the only bridge with this truss configuration in the state and one of only two pinconnected deck truss bridges in the state inspection inventory. The Pratt span is 115.2 feet long and the Warren spans are each 55 feet long. The bridge has been closed and barricaded since the 1980s and likely originally served as a railroad bridge. Last inspected in July 2011, the bridge is described as structurally deficient. Its ADT in 2006 was 300. Its projected ADT by 2026 is 1968. It is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion C. It has pin connections and a rough cut stone substructure. On the NBI, the deck, superstructure and substructure are each rated respectively 0, 4, and 0. The channel and channel protection are rated 0. Its sufficiency rating is listed at 19.50. The operating rating is 0.0 tons and the inventory rating is 0.0 tons. It is closed. Mike West, the bridge engineer for District 11, said the bridge was closed because the deck is gone and the railings may be gone. The piers need grouting and the truss top is severely corroded. He estimated a cost of $500,000 to repair and paint. On a scale of one to ten, he rated this bridge a 9, but he thought it may not be preservable at all.

Posted December 21, 2016, by Bill Eichelberger
Posted December 17, 2016, by Dana and Kay Klein

Certainly looks like the Community takes care of their Historic Bridge!

Posted December 17, 2016, by Anonymous

1835

Posted December 17, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Well, I am not terribly familiar with Kentucky bridges, but Anonymous just posted a potentially older one in the forum. The Old Clay's Ferry Bridge and the Hopewell Bridge are among the oldest ones in the state that I have visited.

Posted December 17, 2016, by Anonymous

1837c

Posted December 17, 2016, by Anonymous

1823

Posted December 17, 2016, by Anonymous

Old

Posted December 16, 2016, by Scott Hillard (shillard [at] maf [dot] org)

Is this the oldest bridge in Kentucky?

Posted December 13, 2016, by Walter Binghem (wb2 [at] msn [dot] net)

CLOSED to traffic last year by the village idiots from Frankfort. Open to foot traffic.

Posted December 13, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yeah, the Amman Awards feature some incredible bridges this year. Bridge of the Year will be a tough decision.

Posted December 13, 2016, by Dana and Kay Klein

Do hate auto correct....

Posted December 13, 2016, by Dana and Kay Klein

On a light note. Recall those days of your and feel sorry for this "special snowflake generation" I swam after eating, road my bike through the woods without a helmet and even ran with scissors! On a serious note: Popped into Bridge hunters chronicles , pretty impressive slate of bridges,. I would value your opinion for example Bridge of year is it more important to FIND these treasures ie Clarks Creek one of "Hidden bridge Nick's finds" or SAVE a known one Like Bach Steel Bowstring. Obviously both important as these seem to be front runners , Opinion?

Posted December 12, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Deville. Bright red. I sold it a couple years ago. It no longer ran, and I knew that I was not going to have time to fix it up. It was sure a fun car to go Bridgehunting in though. I can't count how many times I took that old tank over the Creamery Bridge in Kansas...and the nearby Carey's Ford Bridge...those were the days...

Posted December 12, 2016, by Dana and Kay Klein

Deville or Eldorado?

Posted December 12, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I am not even a resident of Louisville, but just having driven through the city a few times, I have figured that this toll plan will backfire.

I would not be surprised to see an increase in traffic on the Sherman Minton Bridge either. That one has always been busy when I have crossed...save for a 3 AM trip that I made across it as a teenager...in a 1973 Cadillac...

Posted December 12, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I very much enjoyed visiting this bridge recently. It is unaltered, with the unusual fact that there have never been any barriers added alongside the truss lines. For a photographer, this is great because it makes it easy to (when traffic clears) get out in the roadway for a mid-deck shot. Unfortunately, this bridge is about to get a 20% traffic increase, so getting those shots will soon be more difficult. What's ironic is this increase is actually the result of MORE bridges being built in the region... however these new bridges will be TOLLED, so people seeking to avoid the tolls will use this bridge (not tolled) more frequently.

https://riverlink.com/tolling-info/faq

Posted December 10, 2016, by Tandy Chenault (Kyscooter [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Years ago a friend that lived close to these 2 bridges told me that the old bridge here is actually the 2nd structure meaning there are actually 3. I can't verify this info. Maybe someday I'll hike in and look for the original.

Posted December 4, 2016, by Tandy Chenault (Kyscooter [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge is on a historical American Civil War site. Morgan's raiders burned the original covered bridge in July 1863. Explains why that want to preserve the stones etc.

http://www.tebbsbend.com/history.html

Posted November 27, 2016, by David VanderEspt (dvanderespt [at] outlook [dot] com)

This bridge is located on Old Taylorsville Road between Wilderness Trail and Pope Lick Road (the section that leads back to Pope Lick Park). This bridge was closed/shutdown about the same time the (Old) Routt Road bridge (located about 700' away) was closed/shutdown. Local residents were told that both of these bridges were to be replaced by the City of Louisville, but ... the money that was set aside for new bridges somehow just vanished, or got re-appropriated for some other project. In short, it never happened. As Pope Lick Park grew in popularity, the road behind Hatmaker's Gas Station was "re-aligned" and made a gentle curve (instead of the previous zig-zag) back to the Park Area. Watch the power lines and telephone poles and you can figure out the original alignment of Old Taylorsville Road and Pope Lick Road.