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Marengo bridge to be closed two months

July 23, 2008
An announcement last week concerning the bridge closing at Marengo near the Old Town Store has been updated.

Crawford County Highway Superintendent Lee Holzbog said county workers were hoping to raise the bridge slightly, replace some steel beams, and reopen it in a couple of days. However, when the bridge was lifted, it was discovered that there was more deterioration and damage than could be determined during the original assessment.

"We were hoping to repair the existing bridge," Holzbog said, "but once we got going on it, we found that it was in pretty bad shape and decided to go ahead and replace it."

Material for a new bridge has been ordered and there will be permits to obtain, coredrilling to do, and concrete piers to pour.

"We'll have to wait for the concrete to cure once the new piers are poured," Holzbog said. "Then, we'll set the new steel beams and pour the floor. The new bridge will be 30-feet wide and will have two lanes and a walkway for pedestrians."

The bridge will be closed for approximately two months. In the meantime, traffic will be detoured by way of Valeene Road, to Ross Road, to Hardinsburg Road. Traffic can also use Bacon Hollow Road, but, Holzbog said, this route is not recommended due to a bridge on that road that has a wooden floor and a four-ton limit.

"The people at Marengo Cave (were) kind enough to let us use their road for a while," Holzbog said, "but we couldn't get people to slow down through there and it created a dangerous situation for cave visitors. The people at the cave were just trying to help out, and we appreciate it."

On Monday, the county closed a bridge on Brownstown Road near Atkins Road for repairs. It will be closed for about two weeks. Traffic will be required to use Zoo Road or Belcher Road while repairs are being made.

A bridge, on Baylor Road, just off Hardinsburg Road, has also been closed and, according to officials, should reopen about Aug. 6.

Beginning on Thursday, highway department crews will be working on the Mulzer Road-Temple Road intersection. There will be a small detour there, but there will be signs marking the detour at the intersection.

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