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Hifner Road-Clear Creek Bridge


Photo taken by James McCray in May 2013


BH Photo #255059


Street View 


Pratt through truss bridge over Clear Creek on Hifner Road
Woodford County, Kentucky
Open to traffic
Built or relocated here in 1930; reconstructed with modern girders in 1999
- Brackett Bridge Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio (Likely Fabricator)
(2)6-panel, pinned Pratt through trusses.
Length of largest span: 106.0 ft.
Total length: 212.9 ft.
Deck width: 14.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.94360, -84.76476   (decimal degrees)
37°56'37" N, 84°45'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/696410/4201913 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
Inventory numbers
KY 120-C00030N (Kentucky bridge number)
BH 56342 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of December 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 44.6 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • November 4, 2013: New Street View added by J.P.
  • May 31, 2013: New photos from James McCray
  • May 25, 2013: Added by James McCray


  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com


Clear Creek Bridge
Posted June 1, 2013, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Unlike most of us here, the majority of travelers would not notice the structural change nor miss the original flooring system. People with fond memories of this setting will still see what they remember.

When folks see this rather than a UCEB, they will be more likely to support further preservation efforts in the future. Perhaps not a big win for this particular structure, but a positive thing for preservation in general.

Clear Creek Bridge
Posted June 1, 2013, by Matt Lohry

Although this attempt at preservation is better than some I've seen, it's still mediocre at best...the outer ends of the transverse floor beams are all that remain of the original flooring system for this bridge...they were cut out and welded to the stringers, and modern floor beams were installed in between the stringers underneath. The Mirriam Street Bridge in Minneapolis is supported by stringers also, but the stringers on that one are notched to accept the floor beams on the original structure, so they were able to install the stringers first, and place the original bridge on top of them. So, unfortunately, the original flooring system on this bridge was lost, but I do agree that this is still far better than losing the entire structure to some nasty UCEB!

Clear Creek Bridge
Posted May 31, 2013, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Here is an excellent example of historical preservation: Instead of destroying the truss by cutting out the bottom frame, save the bridge by integrating modern stringers while keeping the bottom portion intact.

What do you think?