Harrods Creek Bridge to remain closed through fall



Posted on August 15, 2009 at 6:41 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 13 at 4:27 PM

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(WHAS11) -It looks like the Harrods Creek Bridge will be closed through the fall, if not longer.

The city says they are waiting on more bids for the project, and until then, the bridge will remain closed to traffic.

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Oldham County resident Mark Stringer says when the Harrods Creek Bridge shut down Thanksgiving weekend, the detour cost him some extra time.

And now the city says they need more time.

Construction to turn the one lane bridge into two lanes was supposed to start this month. Now they say it will be at least another month before it begins.

And when construction does start, it will be at least another seven months before the project is complete. Until then, the detour continues.

During rush hour, that stretch of River Road can back up with traffic nearly two miles. But any other time, it looks pretty quiet. And business owners in this area say that is a big problem.

Sharon Scheer from Chick Inn Restaurant says that business has dropped anywhere from 30 to 50%.

She says her business depends on customers dropping by on River Road.

And since the bridge closed, her business is slowly moving towards closing down.

She's already made some layoffs, and she says some of those businesses won't survive their usually lucrative summer months without the bridge.

The city is also still fighting a federal lawsuit that seeks to stop construction on the bridge.

River Fields, a conservation group, filed the suit to repair the bridge, but keep it as one-lane.

The city, however, says they can't use the federal money for the construction unless they build two-lanes.