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Carrollton-Prestonville Bridge



The bridge is known locally as the Big Blue Bridge due to the blue color which is also the team color of the University of Kentucky (UK Wildcats).

Photo taken by James McCray


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Through truss bridge over Kentucky River on US 42 in Carrollton
Prestonville, Carroll County, Kentucky
Open to traffic
Built 1952
Cantilevered Warren through truss
Length of largest span: 299.8 ft.
Total length: 1,276.6 ft.
Deck width: 25.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.3 ft.
Also called
Big Blue Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.68028, -85.18778   (decimal degrees)
38°40'49" N, 85°11'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/657633/4282855 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
Inventory numbers
KY 021-B00043N (Kentucky bridge number)
BH 18743 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 21.4 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • July 9, 2017: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • July 4, 2017: Updated by Matthew Hill: Minor fixes
  • May 29, 2016: New photos from Mike Mullins
  • June 16, 2012: New photos from Bill Eichelberger
  • May 3, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • October 21, 2008: New photos from James McCray

Related Bridges 


  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Nathan Holth
  • Bill Eichelberger
  • Mike Mullins
  • Matthew Hill - matthewshill [at] live [dot] com
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com


Big Blue Bridge
Posted May 25, 2010, by Lauritz (buzzsawone [at] gmail [dot] com)

My dad and my brother were among those who built this bridge.

Big Blue Bridge
Posted November 26, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Pam....those are actually footings that remain from an earlier bridge. Funny.....but in an odd way they are kinda like tombstones.........

I like this bright Blue that Ky is painting some of their spans....makes them stand out nicely!

Big Blue Bridge
Posted November 26, 2009, by Pam

I came across the bridge recently. It appears that there are head stones underneath the bridge. Could this be true? It's really neat to see this bridge.

Kentucky River US 42 Bridge
Posted January 24, 2008, by Don (sega65 [at] msn [dot] com)

This bridge was recently re-painted dark blue about 2 years ago.