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Laurel Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Dave Michaels

Bridge Documented: August 27, 2007

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
KY-490 (South Upper River Road) Over Rockcastle River
Rural: Laurel County, Kentucky, and Rockcastle County, Kentucky: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1922 By Builder/Contractor: Brookville Bridge Company of Brookville, Ohio

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
202 Feet (61.6 Meters)
Structure Length
207 Feet (63.1 Meters)
Roadway Width
19 Feet (5.79 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
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This bridge is an excellent example of a 1920s riveted truss bridge in Kentucky, and its Pennsylvania truss configuration is uncommon. By 2007, the bridge had developed some deterioration that led to a very low 3 ton weight limit and a low 2% sufficiency rating. Those familiar with historic truss bridge should know that those issues do not always mean that it is not possible and economical to rehabilitate the bridge, but at the same time these numbers are often interpreted by the owner as meaning the bridge must be replaced, especially in a state like Kentucky which has a low rate of preservation. However, news articles reported that rehabilitation has been in fact planned for this bridge. If true, this bridge would be a great success story for Kentucky where so few bridges of this type have been preserved.

The plaque for this bridge has broken off in several areas, so the builder name is mostly missing. However it appears that the builder may have been the Brookville Bridge Company based on the text remaining.


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