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Broadway Bridge

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Overview

The Broadway Street Bridge, also known as the Blue Bridge, is interesting because the road and railroad bridges are coupled together. Currently, the bridge is open to railroad and pedestrian traffic but is closed to automobile traffic.

Photo taken by James McCray

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Overview
Through truss bridge over Kentucky River on KY 3506 in Frankfort
Location
Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky
Status
Fenced off with No Trespassing Signs
History
Built 1910
Railroad
- Louisville & Nashville Railroad (L&N; LN)
Design
Pin-connected Baltimore Petit through truss bridge
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 155.8 ft.
Total length: 515.9 ft.
Deck width: 22.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 20.4 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.20194, -84.88194   (decimal degrees)
38°12'07" N, 84°52'55" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/685458/4230342 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Frankfort West
Inventory numbers
KY 037-B00066N (Kentucky bridge number)
BH 18781 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 12/2005)
Deck condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Imminent Failure (1 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 35.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2002)
1

Update Log 

  • September 20, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • September 20, 2016: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • October 30, 2011: Updated by J.P.: changed bridges status
  • June 16, 2010: Updated by C Hanchey: Bridge is known as the Broadway Bridge, was constructed in 1910 and is a pin-connected Baltimore Petit truss
  • April 9, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • March 4, 2008: Updated by James McCray
  • February 5, 2008: New photos from James McCray

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Broadway Bridge
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.