Department of Highways, District 8
$65 Million KY 90 Bridge Project Opens to Traffic

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, September 20, 2005  
Contact Information:  Stephanie A. Daffron
Public Informations Officer
District 8-Somerset
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
Phone: 606 677 4017
Stephanie.Daffron @

Somerset, KY - (September 16, 2005) - The new four lane KY 90 truss bridge over Lake Cumberland is now complete.  The bridge and roadway approaches represent a $65 million dollar investment to improve the transportation network in Somerset and the surrounding region.  Completing this project helps fulfill the Transportation Cabinet’s mission of improving Kentucky’s highway network, making it more safe and reliable and moving forward on projects that pave the way to new economic opportunities.  A dedication ceremony was held Tuesday morning at the bridge just before it was opened for traffic.


             “The completion of the KY 90 bridge over Lake Cumberland is a great asset to South Central Kentucky,” said acting Transportation Cabinet Secretary, Bill Nighbert.  “Motorists can now travel more safely and easily to work, school and shopping destinations.  For tourists, this new bridge makes getting to the lake and other vacation spots much easier.  This project helps ensure the growth of Kentucky’s tourism industry.”             


             “As part of today’s ceremony Governor Fletcher has committed $20 million dollars to construct an interchange at US 27 and KY 90.  It will be a cloverleaf design and construction should begin in the spring of 2006,” said Acting Transportation Cabinet Secretary, Bill Nighbert.


The new bridge is a 4-span structure with a steel truss.  It spans 786 feet across Lake Cumberland with two short approach spans on each side of the water, making the entire length of the bridge 1712 feet.  It sits on a center pier with an additional pier on each side.  The bridge design utilizes a structural “weathering’’ steel, which requires no painting.


"This has been an interesting and challenging structure to construct," said Lewis Phelps, Chief District Engineer for District Eight.  "The old Hwy.90 bridge has been an important part of our highway system for over 50 years and is now being replace with a new structure that should serve the area for many years to come." 


                The project involved two separate contracts: the main pier was let as one contract and awarded to Massman Construction Company of Kansas City, Missouri for $15,253,934.15.  This floating footer design was a first in Kentucky and one of most expensive ever. This phase began in November, 2001 and was completed in May, 2004. 


The rest of the structure (Phase II) and the roadway approaches was let at the end of 2002 and was awarded to American Bridge Company of Coraopolis, PA for $49,193,070.88.  American Bridge began work in February, 2003 and is now complete.