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KY55 Salt River Bridge



The Taylorsville Bridge is also known as the Blue Bridge. The bridge is made up of three identical Warren Truss spans.

Photo taken by James McCray


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Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Salt River on KY 55 in Taylorsville
Spencer County, Kentucky
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1932; replaced 2016
Three riveted, 6-panel Pratt through trusses
Length of largest span: 125.9 ft.
Total length: 377.9 ft.
Deck width: 23.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.02778, -85.34250   (decimal degrees)
38°01'40" N, 85°20'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/645474/4210193 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
Inventory numbers
KY 108-B00004N (Kentucky bridge number)
BH 18946 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2015)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 20.2 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • May 3, 2018: Updated by Dave King: Bridge replaced
  • June 8, 2015: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.
  • March 14, 2010: Updated by Bill Eichelberger: Added Google Street View.
  • February 5, 2008: New photos from James McCray


  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Bill Eichelberger
  • Nathan Holth
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com


Salt River KY 55 Bridge
Posted March 4, 2017, by Walter Laughlin (laughlin [dot] robert [at] gmail [dot] com)

Just in case you're curious where the covered bridge was. The south abutment and the pier footings can still be seen.

Salt River KY 55 Bridge
Posted July 13, 2016, by Brian F Lockett (catbus420 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I haven't actually been by there yet, but I saw pics in the Spencer Magnet...

The bridge has been replaced (just east of the old bridge) and this bridge has been demolished. I'm not sure how great of a change there was in the alignment of KY-55 in the immediate area.

When I first saw plans for the replacement on the KY Transportation website, it was originally planned to be further east and would have lined up with the part of KY-55 that goes north of Taylorsville. From what I've seen in the paper, the road will still be making the "Z" that it has always done in downtown Taylorsville.