District 9
Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Award $879,000 Contract to Repair the Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge

Press Release Date:  Friday, January 20, 2006  
Contact Information:  Mark A. Brown
Public Information Officer
Department of Highways, District 9

FLEMINGSBURG, KY – (January 20, 2006) -- As part of Governor Ernie Fletcher’s vision to provide safe and reliable roads, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has awarded an $879,000 contract to replace deteriorating components of the Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge in Maysville.
“After 75 years of service, some parts of the bridge are beginning to show their age, and they need to be replaced,” said Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert.  “The Simon Kenton Bridge is a vital transportation and economic link for the Maysville area and these repairs will ensure the bridge’s structural integrity long into the future.” 

 The contract includes the replacement of the bridge’s four original wind locks (two at each pier), which keep the bridge secure.  Temporary devices will be put in place during construction to transfer the force of the wind to each tower.  The repairs will also include eight pin-and-link replacements (four at each pier). 

The bridge will be closed up to 45 days while repairs are made.  Motorists will be notified prior to the bridge closure, and traffic will be detoured to the William H. Harsha Bridge during that period.  In addition, there will be periodic lane closures while the contractor installs rigging equipment, takes field measurements, and does other work on site. 

“Governor Fletcher is committed to ensuring that our existing highway infrastructure is safe and reliable,” said Katrina O. Bradley, chief district engineer for District 9 of the Department of Highways. “Although these repairs are necessary, we regret any inconvenience during the closure, and we appreciate the public’s continued cooperation.”

Intech Contracting, LLC was awarded the low bid contract.  Work is expected to begin in late March, depending on weather.