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Kennedy Mill Bridge Replacement Still Up In The Air

A KYTC employee inspected the Kennedy Mill Bridge on Monday, April 4. The 91-year-old bridge, which has been closed for repairs twice in the last five years, is considered structurally obsolete.

Robert Moore
Herald Staff

After seven long months, the Kennedy Mill Bridge is open for traffic again, but plans for the much needed replacement are still up in the air. 

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Department of Highways (KYTC) reopened the bridge, which carries Ky. 152 across Herrington Lake, on April 7. The bridge has been closed since Sept. 3, 2015, due to the deterioration of its steel supports.

“We’re thankful that the bridge is open and our season can get started on time,” said Tona Tudor, who co-owns the Sunset Grill and Marina with her husband, John. Last year’s closing led to the Tudors closing their marina early because of lack of business.

In 2010, the average daily traffic on the bridge—the main artery between Mercer and Garrard counties—was estimated at 1,590 vehicles per day, according to the KYTC. For local marinas, Kennedy Mill bridge is a lifeline.

“I know we’re just a pea in the pod,” Tudor said. “But we hope they will fund the replacement.”

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