Pike County, KY — Mary Westfall-Holbrook, Highway District 12 chief district engineer, announced that construction is set to begin this week to replace the South River Road bridge over the Levisa Fork that leads from US 460 to Big Hackney’s Creek. Bush & Burchett of Allen, Floyd County, won the low-bid contract in the amount of $1,147,374.40. This is a Bridging Kentucky project. The county bridge near the Virginia state line in Pike County was closed in the summer of 2017. Since then, residents of Big Hackney’s Creek have traveled a difficult road into the neighboring state to access US 460 and get back to Pike County. Work hours are 7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on Fridays. The contractor has 120 working days to finish. However, working days are only charged during the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s annual construction season, which starts in April and runs until November. Therefore, the days that the contractor works between now and the first of April are not charged against the contract. In other words, by April 1, Bush & Burchett will be ahead of schedule. The new bridge site is about 100 feet west of the current structure, which will be demolished. The goal of Bridging Kentucky, launched in mid-2018, is to replace or restore/rehabilitate more than 1,000 county and state-owned bridges throughout the Commonwealth before the end of 2024.