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Chenault Bridge



The Chenault Bridge is a beautiful three span Pratt Through Truss bridge over Herrington Lake. The bridge is the "Old KY 34" highway bridge.

Photo taken by James McCray


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Baltimore through truss bridge over Dix River/Herrington Lake on KY 3042
Boyle County, Kentucky, and Garrard County, Kentucky
Built 1924; rehabilitated 1961
- F.K. Ketler Co. of Chicago, Illinois
(1)8-panel, riveted Baltimore through truss
(2)5-panel, riveted Baltimore through trusses
Length of largest span: 240.1 ft.
Total length: 546.8 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.8 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.67111, -84.69000   (decimal degrees)
37°40'16" N, 84°41'24" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/703728/4171835 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
KY 011-B00005N (Kentucky bridge number)
BH 18719 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 44 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • August 19, 2017: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • December 13, 2016: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status to closed.
  • June 15, 2010: Updated by C Hanchey: Bridge was built by the F.K. Ketler Co.
  • March 14, 2010: Updated by Bill Eichelberger: Added Google Street View.
  • March 4, 2008: Updated by James McCray


  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Bill Eichelberger
  • C Hanchey - cmh2315fl [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net


Chenault Bridge
Posted February 24, 2021, by Satolli Glassmeyer (info [at] HistoryInYourOwnBackyard [dot] com)

Here's a video I recently did on the bridge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRrI1qHHoKg

Chenault Bridge
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.

Chenault Bridge
Posted June 21, 2012, by William Tandy Chenault (tandy2 [at] msn [dot] com)

To the two Chenaults who posted in 2011.

I think the bridge was named for CSA Col. David Waller Chenault

who died crossing the Green River at Campbellsville, on July

4, 1863. All Chenaults, regardless of spelling, are descended from Estienne de Cheneau. The Chenaults of KY are

having a reunion at Hanger's Restaurant in Richmond, KY,

11:30 am on June 23,2012. Order from the menu. Come join the rest of us and learn som family history.

Chenault Bridge
Posted November 14, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The listed builder of this bridge F. K. Ketler, still exists today: http://www.fkketler.com/about_us.html and according to that page, the company was started in 1924, so this bridge was built in the company's first year of operation.

Chenault Bridge
Posted November 13, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It is indeed a riveted Baltimore through truss.

The Baltimore truss is a sub-divided version of a Pratt truss, and like the Pratt and Whipple trusses it features a horizontal upper chord.

Camelbacks, Parkers, and Pennsylvania trusses are all Pratt sub-types that feature a polygonal upper chord.

Chenault Bridge
Posted November 13, 2011, by T. Chenault (kyscooter [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Te general description says it is a Pratt through truss, the Design says it is a Riveted Baltimore through truss. My Intro to Historic Bridges shows it as a Riveted Baltimore through truss. Can it be both?

Chenault Bridge
Posted November 11, 2011, by T. Chenault (kyscooter [at] yahoo [dot] com)

My name is Chenault too. I have never heard of this bridge until today. I have the day off so I just may ride there and see it. Kay, email me ... lets see if we are related.

Chenault Bridge
Posted June 22, 2010, by KAY DODGE (kaystowell65 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

My maiden name was Chenault. My father Delbert Chenault was born and raised in Pine Ridge Kentucky. I would like to know more about this bridge, who it was names after, when it was built and any pictures you may have the person for whom it was named. Any informatin that you can give me would be greatly appreciated. I am trying to find out if they could possibly be related to me.

Sincerely yours,

Kay Dodge

Chenault Bridge
Posted June 18, 2010, by Todd (mrwalk08 [at] aol [dot] com)

This would be a pretty scene with the Craftsman style bungalow and bridge both revamped. Kentucky has been repainting their bridges after fixing them. This one would look nice painted some color, "blue","green", or even a light "gray" if feasable. With a historic house nearby, the UCEB or "overpass" design would be sickening.

Tony Dillon: what would you think about this? Plus, I sent you an email.

Chenault Bridge
Posted December 19, 2008, by Keven (kevenglen [at] msn [dot] com)

I just purchased this 1920's craftsman lake-house bungalow home that sits directly in front of the old Chenault Bridge in Boyle County as an investment and possible flip project. I am quickly discovering that this bridge along with house has a lot of history to it, and I have starting to fall in love with the area.

As much as it pains me I still intend to eventually sell the house after I have fully restored it to its full glory, to help pay for my children's college education, so if there is a bridge enthusiast out there that would have some interest in it you should give it some consideration. It overlooks this majestic bridge/lake and is only a couple of steps away. If you have any interest, give me a call at 859-351-4826.

I would love to sell it to somebody w/ some ties to area or and the bridge.