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Weisenberger Mill Bridge

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Photo taken by J.P. in March 2009

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Overview
Pony truss bridge over South Elkhorn Creek on Weisenberger Mill Road in Midway, Kentucky.
Location
Midway, Woodford County, Kentucky, and Scott County, Kentucky
Status
Intact but closed to all traffic, scheduled to be replaced soon.
Future prospects
Closed to traffic in July 2016 because of "catastrophic truss crack" discovered by the state. No one has released an official statement as to whether it will be replaced or repaired. One wingwall/abutment also has a severe crack. The bridge was ignored WAY too long by the state.
History
A date in the concrete near the bridge says February 1932. The bridge replaced a covered bridge.
Design
5-panel Pratt pony truss
Dimensions
Span length: 71.8 ft.
Total length: 71.8 ft.
Deck width: 12.1 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
South Elkhorn Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.12813, -84.63683   (decimal degrees)
38°07'41" N, 84°38'13" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/707132/4222669 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Midway
Inventory numbers
KY 120-C00006N (Kentucky bridge number)
BH 18968 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 12/2014)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 5.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2006)
602

Update Log 

  • May 17, 2017: New Street View added by Dave King
  • September 13, 2016: Updated by David Backlin: Doomed
  • April 2, 2016: New photos from Melissa Jurgensen
  • February 12, 2013: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added local name. Uncertain future status.
  • February 5, 2011: Updated by Bill Eichelberger: Corrected city name and coordinates.
  • March 26, 2009: New photos from J.P.

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Weisenberger Mill Bridge
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.

Weisenberger Mill Bridge
Posted August 2, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Looks like "Suburban sprawl" is starting to creep up on this area...Unfortunately. Would be nice if they could realign the road a bit and keep the old bridge and mill together.

Weisenberger Mill Bridge
Posted August 2, 2016, by Melissa Jurgensen

Unfortunately this bridge was closed to all traffic at the beginning of July 2016 when a "substantial crack" was discovered in the truss. I have also seen a large crack on the abutment/wingwall. It hasn't been said if the bridge will be repaired or replaced, but talk of replacing the bridge has occurred in the past so that is what I expect to happen. This little workhorse carried a LOT of traffic - too many vehicles for me to keep track of on my visis. Too bad the state ignored it and it came to this. Get out to see it before it's gone!

South Elkhorn Creek Bridge
Posted March 23, 2012, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Functionally obsolete is not the same as unusable. My 1967 Volkswagen is functionally obsolete but still works fine. It's just not built to the standards considered correct today.

South Elkhorn Creek Bridge
Posted March 23, 2012, by Nick (nicolas [at] martinworld [dot] com)

Twenty cars crossed a "functionally obsolete" bridge? I must misunderstand the term.

South Elkhorn Creek Bridge
Posted March 23, 2012, by Nick (nicolas [at] martinworld [dot] com)

Twenty cars crossed a "functionally obsolete" bridge? I must misunderstand the term.

South Elkhorn Creek Bridge
Posted March 21, 2010, by Bill Eichelberger (wallyum [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I spent about fifteen minutes walking around the area near the bridge and the mill. In that time I would guess that at least 20 vehicles crossed it. This is an incredibly busy little bridge for the out of the way location.