Fulton County bridge earns low rating

Fulton County bridge earns low rating

Posted: Tuesday, July 29, 2008 10:11 pm

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has restricted the weight limit on the Little Bayou De Chien Bridge on KY 1909 in Fulton County, Ky., to a maximum of three tons — a load restriction which limits the bridge to loads no heavier than a passenger vehicle or pick-up truck. According to KYTC chief district engineer Jim LeFevre, the bridge is located on KY 1909 at mile point 0.729, just south of KY 94. “This bridge has a number of structural issues that generated a low rating. It may take several weeks for engineers to determine if the bridge can be repaired or if it can be replaced,” he said. “We want people who regularly travel on KY 1909 to be aware of this load restriction.” In their detailed survey of the bridge, inspectors noted that pilings on the structure showed signs of heavy decay, weather splitting, with overall deterioration of all timber piling. The report indicated, “… there is considerable stream degradation, contraction scour and embankment erosion at both abutments. The overall condition has led to a heavy loss in bearing capacity of the bridges substructure.” The most recent inspection determined that the Substructure Element Condition Rating is at 3 (serious condition) due to the deterioration. All Kentucky bridges get a detailed inspection every two years. The Little Bayou De Chien Bridge was being checked at least once a year due to deterioration observed during earlier inspections. LeFevre noted that even if the bridge can be repaired, the load restriction may have to remain at three tons for an extended period of time. Trucks and other large vehicles should detour via U.S. 51 or KY 1706. About 200 vehicles travel this section of KY 1909 in an average day. The three ton load restriction is now posted at each end of the bridge. Anyone who observes vehicles crossing the Little Bayou De Chien Bridge that exceed that limit is asked to report it to the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, the Kentucky State Police or Kentucky Vehicle En-forcement. Published in The Messenger 7.29.08

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