Department of Highways, District 11
KY Transportation Cabinet Seeks New Location for Historic Laurel County Bridge Rare Opportunity to Own a Piece of Kentucky History

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, January 23, 2007  
Contact Information:  Sandy Rudder
Public Information Officer

MANCHESTER, KY (January 23, 2007) –The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has a Historic Bridge in Laurel County it would like to give a new home. 

Plans are to replace the aging structure located at the Rockcastle-Laurel County line just south of the intersection of KY 490 and KY 89 over the Rockcastle River.  The existing Rockcastle River Bridge is a single span steel Pennsylvania Petit Truss, approximately 205 feet long, built in 1922.  It was determined eligible for the National Register of Historic Places by the Kentucky State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) in 2005.

Rather than see this piece of history disappear, the Federal Highway Administration and the KYTC in cooperation with the SHPO are interested in having this bridge moved to a new site for preservation and reuse.  If relocated to an appropriate setting, the bridge may still be eligible for the National Register.

Dean Croft, environmental coordinator for the Department of Highways District 11, which includes Laurel County, said that a program is in place to allow government agencies, historic preservation organizations or individuals to re-erect the bridge if its original characteristics are retained at the new site.  Historic organizations and individuals must be approved by the state historic preservation officer to be eligible for the program.

If a recipient agency, organization or individual is found, the FHWA and KYTC will pay all expenses associated with match marking, disassembly, transportation to the new site and off-loading of the bridge. 

“This program is a great way for local governments or individuals to take part in historical preservation,” Croft said, “For example, this bridge could become part of a walking or bicycling trail in a city or county park.  Or an individual landowner might want a unique stream crossing for his or her private driveway.  There are all sorts of possibilities for the relocation of this bridge.”

Any eligible recipients can request additional information from Mr. Croft at the District 11 office located at Railroad Avenue, Manchester, or by calling (606) 598-2145.  Letters of interest and written proposals for relocation of the bridge will be accepted until March 28, at the Manchester office.