i do not know what to say. we have two major universities and several others in KY that have engineering departments with tons of students that need hands on training. why not donate the bridge structures (at least the trusses) to the schools and let the kids "experiment" on them? this is done at other schools in other states seemingly to great success. Look at UMass Amherst: http://www.ecs.umass.edu/adaptive_bridge_use/bridge_files/sAmherst1895Bridge/sAmherst1895Bridge.html
however, here we are spending thousands of dollars to destroy something. nice. real nice.
Pathetic waste of tax dollars and history. This bridge carried only 15% of the maximum traffic on a Very Low Volume Roadway.
Incredibly Entirely Ridiculous!!!! I saw this bridge ten years ago and this was one of the most spectacular bridges I have ever seen. A rare 1880s three span structure, especially built by the King Bridge Company and has survived many great floods. There is a very much more designated crossing probably even less than 1000 feet south of this one. If careless truckers getting off that main drag were a problem, large warning signs should have been installed especially threatening with fines and jail time. An average of 60 vehicles a day is not much, and the bridge could have been rehabilitaded for at least a 20 ton limit or just pedestrian traffic since it carried little and there being a designated crossing to the south. This would make one of the most DISGUSTING cases of bridge demolition ever. I am very disgusted and outraged. If a new UCEB was built here it would be a massive waste of money.
Looked pretty good for an 1880's bridge. If the new one was on another alignment I wonder why they felt the need to demolish this one, which was NR listed.
Very disappointing loss...