Historic Mercer County bridge needs a new home

jkegley@herald-leader.comApril 27, 2013 

The Deep Creek Road Bridge in Mercer County is eligible for relocation.

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A historic bridge in Mercer County needs to be replaced, but the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet doesn't want to let it go to waste.

State and local government organizations, historic preservation organizations and any other groups approved by the Kentucky State Historic Preservation Office are invited to apply to have the old bridge moved to a new site.

The Deep Creek Road bridge is off Ky. 152 near the Rose Hill community. It was built by the Empire Bridge Company in 1915 and is eligible to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places, according to a news release by the Transportation Cabinet's Department of Highways.

The bridge might be eligible for the national register in a new location, the release said.

The bridge is about 244 feet long and 11½ feet wide. For other specifications, those interested may contact Becky Barrick, environmental coordinator for the highway department's Lexington office, at (859) 246-2355.

The Federal Highway Administration and the Transportation Cabinet will begin building a new bridge next year. The two agencies are cooperating with the Historic Preservation Office in seeking a new home for the old bridge.

Josh Kegley: (859) 231-3197. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety.

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