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Photo from H.B. Elkins

SALYERSVILLE – While there have been a couple of false alarms as to when the bridge would be completed, the bridge on KY Rt. 30 that has been closed for repairs for two months is officially open to traffic.

Crews finished work on the bridge early this week, with it opening to the public on Tuesday, August 6.

The bridge crossing the Licking River near the intersection of KY Rt. 30 and U.S. 460 had been closed since May 30 for a major repair project that is part of the state’s Bridging Kentucky initiative. 

The $731,897.40 contract was awarded earlier this year for the rehabilitation of the bridge. The existing bridge had a weight limit of 16 tons and was classified as “structurally deficient” with a sufficiency rating of 37.4. The modifications crews have been working on brought the bridge up to current standards and the weight limit increased to allow heavier vehicles.

This bridge is part of the Transportation Cabinet's Bridging Kentucky program. Bridges selected for the program include more than 1,000 state, county, and municipal structures that are rated in poor condition or have restricted weight limits. Each bridge addressed by the program will either be replaced with a new structure designed to last at least 75 years, or rehabilitated to extend its life by at least 30 years. Those with restricted weight limits will reopen to school buses, emergency vehicles, and commercial trucks. For more information on the Bridging Kentucky program, visit


Heather Oney

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