COVID-19-delayed bridge work underway in Letcher County

Bridge work is underway in Letcher County as part of a project that was delayed nearly two months due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Highway District 12, work on the Ky. 2034 bridge at Craft Colley near Whitesburg got underway June 4 and 46 more bridge projects will soon follow. A statement from Highway District 12 said the project was originally slated to start in April, but was delayed due to the pandemic.

The bridge at Craft Colley is expected to keep the span closed for up to 60 days.

Highway District 12 also said that on Monday, June 29, construction is set to start in Knott County to replace a bridge along county road 1408, Sly Branch, at the intersection of Ky. 7 over Right Fork of Beaver Creek. That project, too, was delayed due to the pandemic

More from Highway District 12:
The design-build contract is part of KYTC’s Bridging Kentucky initiative which is a commitment to improving safety and soundness of the Commonwealth’s bridges by rehabilitating, repairing, or replacing critical bridges throughout the state. The program is designed to open closed structures, improve bridge lifespans, ensure appropriate weight capacities are met, and improve access and mobility for all Kentuckians.

The remaining 45 District 12 bridges include 12 more in Letcher County, five in Floyd, one each in Johnson and Lawrence, 13 more in Knott, three in Martin, and 10 in Pike County. Expected start dates, which were originally listed for each bridge, are not listed at this time. It is not known if or how concerns about Covid-19 might affect the start dates, which we set before the advent of Covid-19.

LAWRENCE:
County Road 1317 (Little East Fork Road), one-tenth of a mile south of KY 1496 near Trinity School.
JOHNSON COUNTY
KY 825 over Little Paint Creek; one mile south of KY 40, the Charlotte Conley Bridge.
MARTIN COUNTY:
County Road 1120 (Dans Branch Road/Willis Dials Road) over Pigeonroost Fork.
County Road 1374 (Rockhouse Mill Road) over Rockhouse Fork, one-tenth of a mile west of KY 1224.
County Road 1379 (Hunters Lane) over Rockhouse Fork, one-tenth of a mile west of KY 1224.

FLOYD COUNTY:
KY 550 .05 of a mile southwest of KY 850 over Brush Creek.
County Road 1253 (Bryant Branch), one-tenth of a mile south of KY 122 over Left Fork of Beaver Creek.
KY 466 at Upper Weeksbury, 2.1 miles south of KY 122 over Left Fork of Beaver Creek.
KY 194 (Twin Branch), two miles east of KY 1428 over Cow Creek.
KY 1427 (Bonanza), .05 mile west of KY 1750 over Abbott Creek.

PIKE COUNTY:
County Road 1789 (Elwood Road/Buckeye Drive), 100 feet east of KY 610 over Shelby Creek.
County Road 1801 (Old Blackberry School/Big Blue Springs), at the junction of KY 1056 over Blackberry Creek.
County Road 1597 (Ail Branch), .01 of a mile north of KY 1056 over Blackberry Creek.
Old US 119 near Open Fork, two miles east of KY 194 over Bent Branch.
KY 199 1.7 miles southwest of KY 1056 over Pond Creek.
County Road 1935 (Dorton Street/Dorton School), .05 miles east of KY 610 over Shelby Creek.
County Road 1906 (Beefhide Creek/Pilgrim Rest Church), 1.4 miles southwest of KY 610 over Beefhide Creek.
County Road 1460 (Deskins Road), .05 miles east of US 119 (mile point 8.73) near Meta Mart over Johns Creek.
County Road 1842 (Elm Branch near Phelps Fire Department), one-tenth of a mile southeast of KY 632 over Right Fork of Peter Creek.
KY 3419, .542 miles south of KY 1056, the second bridge from the intersection with KY 1056 over Left Fork of Blackberry Creek.

KNOTT COUNTY:
City Street 1018 (Frogtown Road), 400 feet south of KY 160 over Troublesome Creek.
County Road 1053 (Wiley Fork Road), one-tenth of a mile east of KY 1098 over Combs Branch.
County Road 1565 (Frankie Jane Drive), .01 miles off KY 899 over Caney Creek.
County Road 1249 (Eagles Nest Road), a half-mile southeast of the intersection with KY 550/KY 1102 over Troublesome Creek.
County Road 1020 (Dismal Branch), east of the junction of KY 550 over Jones Fork.
County Road 1100 (Upper Mill Creek), southeast at the junction of KY 550 near Leburn over the Left Fork of Troublesome Creek.
County Road 1230 (Elk Fork Road), one-tenth of a mile south of KY 1088 over Lotts Creek.
County Road 1021 (Huff Town Road), fifty feet northeast of KY 550 over Jones Fork.
County Road 1020 (Sarah Everage Branch) at KY 550 over Troublesome Creek.
County Road 1006 (Dry Creek Road), 1.2 mile south of KY 7 over Dry Creek.
County Road 1174 (Honeycutt Road), one-tenth of a miles south of KY 582 over Carr Fork Creek.
KY 1098 (Elmrock), five miles northwest of KY 1087 over Laurel Fork of Quicksand Creek.
County Road 1133 (Willard Branch Road), one-tenth of a mile south of KY 582 over Carr Fork.

LETCHER COUNTY:
KY 160, 2.6 miles southeast of KY 588 (third bridge from KY 588) over Muddy Branch.
County Road 1055, .05 of a mile south of KY 317 over Dick’s Branch.
County Road 1714 (Gallup Drive), .01 of a mile off KY 588 over North Fork of the Kentucky River.
City Street 3000 (East Potter Road), one-tenth of a mile east of KY 317 over Yonts Fork.
Paradise Lane at the junction of County Road 1799 over Kingdom Come Creek.
County Road 1231 (Henry Ison Hollow), one-tenth of a mile northwest of KY 931 over Cowan Creek.
County Road 1386 (Campbell Town) at the junction of KY 1103 over Linefork.
County Road 1331 (Sackett Loop), one-tenth of a mile east of KY 7 over Rockhouse Creek.
County Road 1737 (Orchard Road), 200 feet east of KY 931 over North Fork of the Kentucky River.
County Road 1442 (J. Adams Acres), two-tenths of a mile north of KY 805 at Seco over Boone Fork.
County Road 1473 (Band Mill/Dusty Row Road), one-tenth of a mile southeast of KY 343 at McRoberts over Wright Fork.
County Road 1252 (Cornetts Branch), 100 feet west of KY 1103 over Linefork.

Additional information about Bridging Kentucky is available on the program’s website: http://www.BridgingKentucky.com, which provides an overview, a list of frequently asked questions, and the full list of bridges that will be addressed. Additional updates are shared on social media sites: facebook.com/Bridging Kentucky, twitter.com/BridgingKY, and Instagram.com/BridgingKY.

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