The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is currently replacing a two lane bridge located on west Second Street in Russellville. The state and city began talking about replacing the bridge last year.
“This project is long overdue,” said Russellville Mayor Mark Stratton. “It has needed to be updated for some time now. The project has been in the makings for probably a year, when we were first contacted by the state.”
The bridge replacement falls under state responsibility, which means cost will be absorbed through state funding. The City of Russellville had to relocate water and sewer lines a few months ago making way for the project. The city was reimbursed by the state for the costs associated with the move.
Wayne Thomas, Utilities Director for the City of Russellville, said this bridge was old and outdated and it was time for replacement. It was listed on the state’s replacement bridge list.
“The state has said the project will probably be complete the middle of April. The street is closed, as is parts of Bethel Street,” said Thomas. However, there are some issues concerning drivers not adhering to the blockades put out by the state.
“I know that Bill Pearson, Zoning Administrator for the City of Russellville, meet with the state last week to discuss the blockades. There are some local businesses who believe the blockades are negatively impacting their business,” Thomas said. Drivers need to be cautious and follow the street directions. “I know some of the trucks that need to get into the feed mill are confused on where to go,” Thomas added.
If anyone has any further questions, please call Thomas at 270-726-5000 or Clint Puryear with the state at 270-746-7898.
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.