Department of Highways, District 6
Crews preparing for construction of new KY 22 bridge over Licking River in Pendleton County

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, January 17, 2012  
Contact Information:  Nancy Wood
Public Information Officer
421 Buttermilk Pike
Covington, KY 41017


Crews preparing for construction of new KY 22 bridge over Licking River in Pendleton County

Will replace obsolete, 83-year-old truss bridge


COVINGTON, Ky. – During winter months, crews will be performing utility work and clearing operations in preparation for construction of a new KY 22 bridge over the Licking River in Falmouth.


The new bridge will replace a steel truss structure that was built in 1928 and known locally as the Shomakertown Bridge.


“The new bridge is being constructed to replace a functionally obsolete bridge,” said Rob Hans, Chief District Engineer for Department of Highways District 6, in Covington.  “This in turn will provide safer passage for the people in Pendleton County and all those who travel this roadway.”

Hall Contracting of Kentucky, Inc., of Louisville, was awarded the low-bid contract of $6 million.

The new structure will be a concrete deck on steel girders.  Over 1.4 million pounds of structural steel will be used in its construction.  The bridge will include four spans and, with approaches, will be 730 feet long.  The new bridge will be constructed just north of the existing structure.  It will have a sidewalk that will continue to the boat ramp entrance.


During construction, traffic will continue to use the existing bridge.  Once construction is complete on the new span, the steel truss and deck will be removed from the Shomakertown Bridge.


Motorists are asked to use caution in the work zone.  Further updates will be provided as the work progresses throughout this year.  Completion of the project is expected before June 1, 2013.