Carroll County to begin in March
will be detoured from
Madison through Bedford
Helen E. McKinney
CARROLLTON, Ky. (February 2013) Since the
early 1990s, there has been a lot of concern over the KY Hwy. 36 bridge
that spans Locust Creek in Carroll County. After two decades, construction
of a new concrete bridge is about to begin.
In the early 1990s there was a public hearing. There have been
several fatal crashes in that area, said Carroll County Judge-Executive
Harold Shorty Tomlinson. Theres been a lot of
concern over the roadway and the bridge. Its really aged.
Tomlinson said the bridge is way too narrow and there
is a tremendous amount of traffic on KY Hwy. 36, especially large truck
traffic. This is due in part to a three-ton weight limit on the Milton-Madison
Bridge. Large trucks have to avoid this bridge and find alternate routes
across the river.
With work proceeding on the Milton-Madison Bridge, Tomlinson said now
is a good time to replace the KY Hwy. 36 bridge. Judy Construction Co.
of Cynthiana, Ky., was awarded the low bid contract of $2.6 million.
On Feb. 4, work crews are scheduled to begin moving utilities, and the
road will be closed to through traffic beginning March 1, said Nancy
Wood, Public Information Officer for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
District 6 Office.
It is a functionally obsolete bridge, said Wood, meaning
it can not handle what it needs to handle. It is, however,
structurally sound, she said.
The new concrete bridge will have three spans and approaches, said Wood.
It will be 231 feet long. The south approach will be reconfigured to
provide better sight distance and help with safety.
Tomlinson said there have been a lot of fatalities at the sight
and the other side toward Milton. Its not unusual to see
broken pieces of vehicle mirrors laying everywhere and he called the
area one of the worst sections of Hwy. 36 between here and Milton.
The project will be completely state funded. It was a need that
was brought to our attention by the county, said Wood. The Transportation
Department heard many comments and complaints from local folks and officials.
Tomlinson said he would have liked to have seen the bridge dropped downstream
a bit and the approaches moved over, but this would have had too many
different effects on different things. It would have been
more of a problem for the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. The most cost-effective
plan was chosen, he said.
The state will post detour signs during construction. It will definitely
have an impact on traffic flow between Madison and Carrollton. It
will be an inconvenience, no doubt about it, Tomlinson said.
Motorists will be directed to take KY Hwy. 36 to U.S. Hwy. 421 to U.S.
Hwy. 42 back to KY Hwy. 36. Another route local drivers can follow is
KY Hwy. 1482 and KY Hwy. 3176 to KY Hwy. 1226. This detour route will
not be marked.
Weather permitting, the contractor plans to have the road closure lifted
by June 1, with the project expected to be completed by June 30. At
that time the road will be open to full traffic. Once in place, the
new bridge will bring us up to todays standards, said
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