Mayor Greg Fischer Newsroom
Mayor Announces Opening of Repaired Bridge Bridge Weakened by 1997 Flood
Monday May 16, 2005
Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today the reopening of a bridge in the far-eastern part of the community partially destroyed during the 1997 flood. The Hobbs Lane bridge received extensive damage when debris caught underneath the center support of the structure.
After the flood, bridge access was reduced to one lane. The bridge provides the only access to residents living on Hobbs Lane, which is located off Clark Station Road at Shelbyville Road near the border of Louisville and Shelby County.
“This is just one of the example of the crumbling infrastructure we found when surveying our neighborhood roads and streets. We’ve made these improvements a priority because they are safety issues for hundreds of residents in our hometown,” said Abramson.
Metro Government Public Works crews started work on the $394,000 project in September, 2004. Following 8 months of repairs, the two-lane bridge reopened for traffic on Monday, May 16. The new bridge’s weight limit has increased by 15 tons. It is 25 feet longer than the original, 10 feet wider and 4 feet higher. Two cars traveling in opposite directions may now pass with ease and the bridge will not be overtopped with water as quickly as the old structure. There is also no center support, which decreases the danger of future.
“This new bridge improves the quality of life for residents living in this part of Louisville. Now, they won’t worry about getting in and out of their neighborhood every time it rains,” said Abramson.
The Hobbs Lane bridge is just one of several infrastructure improvements slated for every corner of Louisville. Metro Government will begin work later this summer replacing a bridge on Gentry Lane off Bardstown Road in the southern part of Louisville.