Department of Highways, District 10
Transportation Cabinet conducts public meeting on proposed project to replace bridge at Quicksand in Breathitt County

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, November 30, 2011  
Contact Information:  H. B. Elkins
Public Information Officer
Department of Highways, District 10
473 Highway 15 South, P.O. Box 621
Jackson, KY 41339

JACKSON, KY – On Tuesday, Nov. 29, personnel from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Department of Highways District 10 office conducted a public meeting on the proposed replacement of a bridge on Robinson Road (County Route 1387) at Quicksand in Breathitt County.


Approximately 40 residents of the area, public officials and other concerned citizens attended the hearing to view a presentation by District 10 personnel and consultants, receive information on the project, and provide their input into this proposed highway project. The project will result in the replacement of the existing one-lane bridge with a modern structure.


The proposed structure would be a 350-foot long bridge across the North Fork of the Kentucky River, with two 10-foot travel lanes with 4-foot shoulders. It would be built just downstream of the existing bridge. The project would also result in a minor realignment of the intersection of Robinson Road and KY 1812 (Old Quicksand Road) near the KY 15 intersection. The total length of the project, including the bridge and approach roads, is 710 feet.


The existing bridge, built in 1950, is the only way in and out of the Quicksand community. It is a one-lane steel truss bridge with a 12-foot travel lane and is in deteriorating condition. The current weight limit is 3 tons. It is owned and maintained by the Breathitt County Fiscal Court.


Those in attendance provided comments on the project, asked several questions, viewed design plans of the area showing the general scope of the project, and learned what properties may potentially be impacted by the project. They were also provided comment forms on which they could express their opinions on the project.


The current schedule calls for right of way acquisition and utility relocation to begin in the fall of 2012, with construction tentatively slated to begin in the summer of 2013, contingent on continued funding. The bridge will be owned and maintained by the Breathitt County Fiscal Court, and is being built by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet with federal bridge replacement funds.


The project manager will receive written comments on the project through Dec. 14. Photographs and plans displayed at the public meeting may be viewed at the Department of Highways District 10 office, 473 Highway 15 South, Jackson, during the comment period. Comments on the project may be addressed to: Corbett Caudill, P.E., Kentucky Department of Highways, P.O. Box 621, Jackson, KY 41339.