Department of Highways, District 6
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, State and Local Officials Conduct Ribbon Cutting for the New McKinneysburg Bridge
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Along with State and Local Officials Dedicate the Opening of the New McKinneysburg Bridge in Pendleton County
$4.5 Million Bridge Replaces Old Bridge that was damaged in the 1997 Flood
Covington, Kentucky-(November 21, 2005) – Today the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Deputy Secretary Jim Adams along with Senator Katie Stine, State Representative Tom McKee, Chief District Engineer Tom Schomaker and Pendleton County Judge Executive Henry Bertram were on hand to officially dedicate the completion of the new McKinneysburg Bridge in Pendleton County.
Deputy Secretary Jim Adams said, “The construction of the McKinneysburg Bridge shows the cooperative spirit between state and local government.” Adams continued, “This project signifies the vision of Governor Fletcher and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, making our roads safe and reliable for all Kentuckians.”
State Senator Katie Stine (R-Southgate) followed by saying, “After two years of construction, this new bridge will finally allow families in our area to travel over the Licking River in a safer and more efficient manner. This kind of road project is exactly what we need to ensure safety and economic development in Pendleton County. I will continue working with local officials and to get more funding for worthwhile projects like this one."
Tom McKee, State Representative (D-Cynthiana) added, “This is a special day for the citizens of Pendleton and surrounding counties. The original bridge was lost in the 1997 flood. The new structure will provide access for local farmers and residents of the area.” McKee continued by saying, “The bridge was built with the future in mind. It will allow for the construction of a modern road to service the area.”
Judge Executive of Pendleton County, Henry Bertram said that “almost a ¼ of our county from US 27 to KY 22 doesn’t have a state maintained road. It is our hope that this bridge can be the beginning of a future project in getting a state road for the people in this area of Pendleton County.”
The original main span of the bridge was built in 1892. The Flood of 1997 washed out the middle span of the existing bridge. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet constructed a temporary Bailey Bridge during the summer of 1997.
The new McKinneysburg Bridge and approaches crosses over the Licking River on the Browning-McKinneysburg Road (County Route 1117) just a few hundred yards from the old bridge. Right of Way and Utilities funding for $95,000 was authorized in June of 2001. The $492,291.00 for design was authorized in December 2002. The project was let in October 2003 and Judy Construction of Cynthiana, Kentucky was awarded the project with the low bid of $4,519,905.00.
The construction of the McKinneysburg Bridge began in January of 2004. The new three span bridge is 729' long. It has two (2) twelve foot driving lanes and eight foot shoulders. The old bridge is currently being disassembled.
Old McKinneysburg Bridge
Origninal span was built in 1892. The Flood of 1997 washed away the middle span. The KYTC installed a temporary Bailey Bridge.
Aerial photo of the new bridge taken by Kim Wolfe.
Former Pendleton Judge Executive Don Mays provides the invoaction for the ceremony.
Pendleton County High School band performs the National Anthem.
Pendleton County Jduge Executive Henry Bertram.
State Representative Tom McKee
Senator Katie Stine
Deputy Secretary of Transportation Jim Adams
Picture left to right: Tom chomaker, Chief District Engineer, Pendleton COunty Judge Executive Henry bertram, Senator Katie Stine, Atate Representative Tom McKee, Deputy Secretarty of Transprotation Jim Adams, former Pendleton County Judge Executive Don Mays
The new McKinneysburg Bridge