New Salem BridgeNORTONVILLE, Ky. (5/1/19) — For the first time since December 2017, vehicles have access across New Salem Bridge after its abrupt closure due to structural damage.

City officials said the orange barrels will remain in place temporarily. A stop sign is posted on the corner of U.S. 41 and New Salem Circle Road.

Nortonville City Clerk Chris Rogers reported several residents from the New Salem Circle area expressed delight, while visiting City Hall today.

“We got word this morning that it was opening this afternoon,” Rogers said. “They’re going to add the guardrails in a week or so. Everyone that has come into city hall today is very happy about it. I think it’s going to be a whole lot better for citizens who live in that area, and it also helps the city. It’s a good day.”

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 onsite for several weeks.

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 had 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, state highway officials previously reported.

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