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Greenup Bridge


Greenup Bridge

Photo taken on October 4, 2008

Photo taken by Don O'Brien


BH Photo #129944



Lost three-span through truss bridge over Little Sandy River on KY 2541 in Greenup
Greenup, Greenup County, Kentucky
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1884 by the King Bridge Co.; rehabilitated 1954
- King Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 139.1 ft.
Total length: 422.8 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.7 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on January 27, 1988
Also called
KY 2541 Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.58028, -82.84028   (decimal degrees)
38°34'49" N, 82°50'25" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/339703/4271806 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
NRHP 87002446 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
KY 045-B00042N (Kentucky bridge number)
BH 18802 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 23, 2012: New photo from Tony Dillon
  • January 1, 2012: Updated by Bill Eichelberger: This bridge is in the process of being demolished and replaced.
  • December 8, 2008: Updated by Don O'Brien


  • Don O'Brien - dok97 [at] frontier [dot] com
  • Bill Eichelberger
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com


Greenup Bridge
Posted January 2, 2012, by james mccray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

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/sA...

however, here we are spending thousands of dollars to destroy something. nice. real nice.

Greenup Bridge
Posted January 2, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Pathetic waste of tax dollars and history. This bridge carried only 15% of the maximum traffic on a Very Low Volume Roadway.

Greenup Bridge
Posted January 2, 2012, by Tom Hoffman (tehoffm [at] hotmail [dot] com)

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.

Greenup Bridge
Posted January 2, 2012, by Chris P.

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.

Greenup Bridge
Posted January 1, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Very disappointing loss...