Nick 10 5HENDERSON, Ky. (10/9/17) — The 86-year-old Spottsville bridge over the Green River will be replaced by a new one in the next year or so. Meanwhile, state highway officials are seeking the public’s input on its replacement.

The bridge, showing signs of weakness, was restricted to heavier traffic last week following an inspection. Drivers must wait at a traffic light for one-lane travel as repairs are being made.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Spokesman Keith Todd announced a public meeting is scheduled 5-7 p.m. Oct. 19 to provide an update and seek public comments for the design and future construction of a New U.S. 60 Green River bridge at Spottsville.

The meeting will be held at Spottsville Elementary School. There will be a brief presentation at 5:30 p.m.

KYTC District 2 Chief Engineer Wade Clements encourages anyone with an interest in the project to attend. Cabinet engineers and consultants working on the project are especially interested in talking to owners of property along the downstream side of the existing bridge.

“We are continuing to move ahead with design work for the new bridge,” Clements said. “We will be sharing some of the ongoing design work with the public and are asking for comments to help guide the project moving forward. We are at a point where we need to have some additional conversations with property owners along the project.”

During the meeting, engineers and design personnel will share displays illustrating the proposed construction of the new bridge, Todd reported. The public will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the project with KYTC engineers and consultants from Stantec, PLC.

Clements noted the project remains on track to start construction in late 2018 or sometime in 2019, which will take about two years to complete.

For those unable to attend the public meeting, displays and other materials presented will be available for review at the KYTC District 2 Office at 1840 N. Main St. in Madisonville for approximately two weeks following the Oct. 13 presentation. The Department of Highways District 2 Office is open 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Todd said anyone with disabilities that may require special accommodation may contact the District 2 office by calling 270-824-7080 prior to the meeting.

Last week, KYTC reported placing restrictions on the existing bridge to an 18-ton load limit utilizing one lane with alternating flow controlled by an automated traffic light. KYTC engineers are working on a repair plan for the existing bridge, while design work continues on a new bridge.

The U.S. 60 Green River “Spottsville” Bridge is located at U.S. 60 mile point 19.388 in Henderson County. Also known as the Spottsville bridge/Richard W. Owen Memorial Bridge, the 1,102 foot structure, with a 359-foot main span was built as a toll bridge and opened to traffic in December 1931. Tolls were removed August 1945.

Approximately 3,000 vehicles cross the bridge in an average day. The U.S. 60 Green River Bridge at Spottsville is 9 miles east of the U.S. 41/U.S. 60 Cloverleaf at Henderson and about 6 miles west of the Henderson-Daviess County line.

The Spottsville Bridge is at Green River navigation mile point 8.6.

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