Department of Highways, District 7
Historic US 62 Tyrone Bridge officially reopened to traffic

Press Release Date:  Thursday, October 26, 2006  
Contact Information:  David B. Thacker
Public Information Officer
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
District Seven



Historic US 62 Tyrone Bridge officially reopened to traffic

Local officials join to celebrate opening


LEXINGTON, KY (October 26, 2006)—Despite the damp weather County, City, and State Officials joined today to celebrate the official reopening of the US 62 Tyrone Bridge located over the Kentucky River at the Anderson/Woodford County line.


The $5.5 million rehabilitation project began on May 30, 2006 and was completed well before the scheduled November 10 deadline.  The project involved the removal and replacement of the bridge deck and handrails and included minor widening of approximately two (2) feet.  In addition, consideration was given in restoring the bridge to its originally state and included the replication of the original “cathedral” handrail to preserve the historic character of the structure.


“A mixture of interests were incorporated in the design and reconstruction of this historic and unique bridge,” said Commissioner Marc Williams.  “While the steel truss was and is in good condition, the concrete deck and handrail had deteriorated to such a point that a complete reconstruction was necessary.  It was the Cabinet’s intent to replicate the old structure as accurately as possible such that the average citizen would not know that the old bridge had been replaced.”


The unique “S” shaped bridge, one of only two in existence, serves as a major connector for motorists in both Anderson and Woodford County and was originally constructed in 1932.  The bridge is dedicated to Joseph Clay Styles Blackburn (1838 – 1918), Confederate Soldier, Congressman, United States Senator, and Governor of Canal Zone.


“Woodford and Anderson Counties are strong vibrant communities and this unique bridge serves to enrich both counties by providing a safe and reliable means to travel from one to the other,” said Rep. Milward Dedman (R-Harrodsburg).


Versailles Mayor Fred Seigelman echoed Rep. Dedman’s comments saying, “Versailles and Lawrenceburg are both vibrant, growing communities and it is a privilege to join with the Transportation Cabinet and Commissioner Williams to celebrate the reopening of this historic and unique bridge.  This bridge is a valuable links for both communities and will serve our residents for many years to come.”


Commissioner Williams concluded the ceremony stating, “This project typifies Governor Fletcher’s and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s commitment to providing motorists with a safe and reliable transportation system while at the same time preserving our rich and unique history.  I would like to thank Kay & Kay Contracting and our District Construction Staff for their time and effort in seeing this bridge completed ahead of schedule.