Monday August 16, 2010
$3 million investment improves safety
LOUISVILLE (August 16, 2010) – A day before the 2010-2011 school year begins for Jefferson County Public Schools students, Mayor Jerry Abramson, along with state and local officials, opened the newly-renovated Harrods Creek bridge.
“We are pleased to open the bridge to traffic just as the school year kicks off,” Abramson said. “People in this community have waited long enough for a safer, better bridge.”
The original, one-lane bridge on River Road was built in 1920, just 21-feet wide from railing to railing. Initial concerns about the condition of the bridge’s badly deteriorating railings led state and city engineers and inspectors to take a closer look at the bridge’s entire structure. It was closed on November 28, 2008 for safety reasons.
The new, two-lane bridge is now 32-feet wide, with two, 12-foot lanes and nearly three feet of shoulder on each side.
The total cost of construction was just over $3 million, with $2 million coming from state and federal funds and $1 million in local funding.
"The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is pleased to administer this contract on behalf of the federal government," said Matt Bullock, Chief District Engineer for the Louisville District Department of Highways. “Our staff is providing inspection of the construction process and we are glad to work with Louisville Metro Public Works to help restore this vital link for the community.”
Work began on the bridge in early June 2009. Legal opposition to the project forced crews to stop working less than one month later. In September 2009, the legal matter was resolved and work immediately resumed.
Crews continued construction on the bridge throughout the winter to complete the project.
While bridge construction is complete, work on a new waterline will cause some temporary restrictions through mid-September.
During non-peak hours, traffic will be reduced to one-lane across the bridge as crews finish installing 325 feet of eight-inch waterline that runs on the side of the bridge, much like the old waterline that was removed.