Ridiculous that it wasn't simply left in place as a historic landmark...Or at least until they COULD afford to move it!
I got a reply from park management in Calhoun. The city could not afford the improvements needed to set the bridge. It is lost.
I'm sorry everyone, I let you down on this one. I'd been keeping tabs on the old bridge, but I got busy and distracted and haven't been down here in months. The old iron bridge is gone, even the approaches have been dozed out and seeded. It's apparently been gone at least since fall from the looks of the grass growth. The city of Calhoun had been interested in the bridge to cross a stream on the city's golf course, but I don't know if that's where it ended up yet or not. I'm going to look into it and let you know. The bridge was given to the construction company that was building the new bridge, and if they couldn't donate it intact to someone they were going to sell it for scrap.
But, long story short, the iron bridge is no longer at this location and may have been destroyed. There is a new ugly cementy looking thing there now.
I have lived next to the BOGLE Rd Bridge for 69years and crossed it every day without any fear of danger until it was closed Last year.
It has needed replacing because of the one lane and bad approach limiting some large farm equipment from going thru.
Also one could not have a load of concrete or other heavy loads come in that way.
As for normal cars and pickup trucks there was no problem.
It is very inconvenient not being able to go 4 tenth of a mile to be on 4 lane highway instead we have to detour several mile to get to same 4 lane highway.
Sure will be GLAD to see a new Bridge Built.
I see that Bridge everyday and it has a lot of Memories since I grew up here next to it but if we get a GOOD new Bridge I Don't care where the old Bridge Goes or it can just set there.
I live on the other side of the bridge from Russellville Rd. I have lived here for 40 years and crossed this bridge every day going to work or in to Bowling Green. It saddens me to see that it can no longer be used and apparently no one is getting in any hurry to see it replaced. I would like to know what the last traffic count was before it was deemed "unsafe".
This bridge has been here since my father, now deceased, was a young man. He was born in 1905. He and my grandparents used this bridge to get between Russellville Rd and the Richpond community. It seems to me that this bridge has served the community well and should be saved as an historical structure. I hope someone has the foresight to see that it gets relocated. Perhaps eventually our community will get a new serviceable and safe bridge but it won't have the character of this old bridge.
what a shame. It looks like it is in very good shape and a manageable size - pull the deck, pick it with a crane, put it on a wide load trailer and take it home...
The current plan is to replace the bridge beginning in April 2014. There still isn't a taker for the old bridge. This late in the game, it's likely to simply be scrapped. So sad.
Looks like the preservation plan is falling apart.
Finally, some good news. The replacement project is still on, but a huge greenways restoration project going on in nearby Bowling Green, KY seems to have at least a tentative spot on the greenway/walking trails for the bridge's relocation.
The state's share of the funding for removing the bridge, widening the approaches, and replacing the bridge is a whole $160,000.00.
I'm not sure what they can accomplish with that kind of money other than filling the the track bed with gravel and paving over it. It's no doubt going to be something cheap and ugly.
Due to economic conditions, the "6 year plan" has been scraped, and resubmitted as a "2 year plan". This was passed, and signed by der Governor.
That moves the demolition of the old Bogle Road bridge up to the middle of next year instead of 2013. And they claim that none of the parks want it.
Sad end to such a solid little fellow. It's only gripe is being considered too narrow for school buses from the new nearby school. But Kentucky just completely blows when it comes to old bridges.
The locals in that area don't seem to care what happens to it, as long as there is some kind of bridge over the tracks. There are several parks in the area, and a little TLC and some new deck timbers would make this an excellent pedestrian bridge over a park stream (Basil Griffin park has several creeks and streams). I emailed that suggestion to KTC, but that was just this morning after I found out about the funding, and I've no idea how long it will be before I get a response, if I do at all.
This bridge is 50 feet long and could probably be transported with a heavy duty pick up truck. However the bridge is located in Kentucky and is being funded by KTC. Godspeed.
Well, it's official. KTC has allocated the money and put replacement of this bridge into it's "6 year plan". Destruction is currently scheduled for 2013.
Bad news. I was using Google's new archive search to see if I could find any old articles about the bridge and an approximate age, and found this instead;
They're only waiting on the funding approval to begin the process of replacing the old bridge. Apparently, the new school they're building at Rockfield will have buses using this route, which will require a bridge with a 9 ton limit, whereas this bridge is only rated at 3 tons.
I guess it's one more example of using the excuse "it's for the kids" to muck something up. :(
I was driving a co-worker with car trouble home this morning, which took me out this way, so I decided to take a short detour to this old bridge and see if I might find a date on it somewhere. Well, I went over, under and through, and no joy. The only markings on the thing is the words "Jones & Laughlin" stamped on the steel every 48 inches.
Yeah and its not like a contractor is going to get a lot of value from scrapping the bridge out given the low scrap steel prices right now.