Louisville, KY (December 12, 2013) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet informed Metro Public Works today that an inspection has determined that Drakes Branch Creek Bridge in southeastern Jefferson County at the Spencer County line is structurally compromised and must be closed immediately.
The 25-foot long bridge was built over Drakes Branch Creek in 1940. It is along Old Heady Road between Routt Road and Veech Road. The inspection revealed that the bridge is no longer safe for vehicular travel. An inspection two years ago rated the bridge low but deemed it still safe for motorists.
Metro Public Works Engineering Division previously identified Drakes Branch Creek Bridge as being in need of repair and placed it in a priority queue along with other bridges.
The bridge is now closed and appropriate temporary signage has been placed to notify approaching motorists. Public Works engineers will next begin making plans to repair or replace it.
Average daily traffic across Drakes Branch Creek Bridge is estimated at well below 1,000 vehicles.