After years of discussion, studies and meetings, the prayers of Mercer County residents who live along Herrington Lake have been answered.
The project to replace Kennedy Mill Bridge is scheduled to begin in June.
According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Department of Highways (KYTC), preliminary offsite work will start during mid-June, with onsite operations beginning mid-July.
Walsh Construction Company of Chicago was awarded the project on April 3 for $29,624,443.12. The anticipated completion date for the work is November 29, 2019, according to KYTC. The contract includes demolition and removal of the existing bridge.
The existing bridge will be maintained during construction. The traveling public will be informed of closures and impacts to traffic through The Harrodsburg Herald and other media outlets.
The existing bridge is 93 years old and has been closed repeatedly in recent years for repairs.
The 804-foot-long bridge, which carries Ky.-152 across Herrington Lake, recorded 1,438 vehicles crossing each day in 2012, according to the KYTC.