New Salem BHOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (3/12/19) — Travel across New Salem Bridge will soon be possible for Nortonville residents. The bridge was closed to traffic December 2017 after the structure was damaged.

A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has established a work zone lane restriction on U.S. 41 at Nortonville in southern Hopkins County to make repairs, which will take about three weeks, KYTC Spokesman Keith Todd said this morning. State workers will likely do some repaving work after contractors stabilize the structure.

This work zone lane restriction with alternating flow controlled by an automated signal at U.S. 41 milepoint 3.62 in Hopkins County is to facilitate repair work on the New Salem Circle Bridge, Todd reported. Drivers traveling U.S 41 should be alert for slowing and stopped traffic as they approach the area.

On Feb. 5, 2019, KYTC Secretary Greg Thomas announced Gov. Matt Bevin had approved $500,000 in discretionary funding for repairs to the railroad overpass. Rep. Melinda Gibbons Prunty advocated the project after speaking to several residents.

Workers have been seen at the site over the past few days.

The New Salem Circle Bridge connects more than 100 homes, several businesses, a church, a cemetery, and the city water plant to U.S. 41 at the south edge of Nortonville. It has been closed since December 2017, when cracks appeared in the bridge approaches and support structure. The closure has required residents to take an extended detour and limited emergency access to areas served by the bridge.

Damage to the overpass occurred during a CSX Railroad track-widening project and was further complicated by a water main break that eroded the embankment at one of the bridge ends, Todd reported. CGI Inc. is the prime contractor on a project to stabilize soil around the bridge ends, reconstruct the bridge support structure, and make additional repairs. The contractor expects to be on site for two-three weeks.

As part of the collaborative engineering effort, Todd indicated CSX Railroad is contributing to the project and will work to maintain rail traffic with minimal disruptions to the contractor.

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