HAZARD—After nearly 100 years of existence, the Glomawr bridge in Perry County is on track to be replaced in 2014 after the project was granted funding from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet this week.
The transportation cabinet’s District 10, which includes Perry County, was awarded nearly $10 million for 11 projects for the coming year, according to a press release from the cabinet.
Of those projects, three are scheduled for Perry County, including a $2.5 million contract for the replacement of the Glomawr bridge, which crosses the North Fork of the Kentucky River on KY 451. The project is estimated to be completed within 220 working days after construction begins, though there is no date set for when construction will start.
H.B. Elkins, public information officer for the cabinet’s District 10, said the project will likely begin in the spring.
“The current metal truss bridge has a reduced weight limit and is need of replacement,” Elkins said. “We will certainly be announcing any traffic impacts that may occur during construction.”
Earlier this year, the Herald reported that the transportation cabinet, through a program with the Federal Highway Administration and the State Historic Preservation Office, was trying to give the bridge away on the grounds that it was a historic monument, having been built in 1927.
Guardrail installation on KY 267 in Perry County is also included in the list, with a contract of just under $35,000. A bridge on KY 1387 was also included in a list of other bridges in the district to have deck restoration and waterproofing, which will cost around $541,000 for all the bridges.