KYTC Seeking New Home To Preserve Historic Bridge

Sep 6, 2019

Credit Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 2

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is looking to give a historic bridge away to a good home.

The Blackford Creek Bridge on Toler Bridge Road at the Hancock-Daviess County Line was constructed before 1920 and closed to traffic last year. A Kentucky State Historic Preservation Officer in 2011 deemed the bridge eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. KYTC spokesman Keith Todd said the bridge was likely used as a regional route while the route known today as U.S. 60 was under construction.

“I think most people miss the historic character of a lot of our older bridges,” Todd said. “With this bridge in its age the average vehicle when it was built was probably a Model T Ford. And probably most of the traffic that crossed it in the early days was a mule-drawn or horse-drawn wagon.”

The bridge is 60-feet long with a 13.5-feet wide concrete deck. KYTC and the Federal Highway Commission will cover the expenses to mark parts, disassemble and transport the bridge. Todd said the individual or entity that receives the bridge is responsible for building proper support structures and installation. KYTC is accepting letters of interest and proposals for the bridge until December 1. 

Todd said KYTC is not replacing the bridge.