VANCEBURG, Ky (AP) — Officials say the more than $1 million restoration of the Cabin Creek covered bridge in Lewis County is ahead of schedule.
Construction was expected to be finished by mid-summer of 2014. But Judge-Executive Todd Ruckel told The Ledger Independent (http://bit.ly/13XJfoQ) that workers could finish sooner based on the weather.
"They are very much ahead of schedule right now," he said.
Arnold Graton specializes in the restoration of covered bridges.
He says the Cabin Creek bridge, which was originally built in 1873, is one of 13 surviving covered bridges in Kentucky. One of those bridges is privately owned.
All have been restored with the exception of Cabin Creek, Beech Fork, Ringo Mills and Grange City.
The cost to restore the Cabin Creek bridge is about $1.2 million and has been fully funded through a transportation enhancement program.
Patrick Kennedy, preservation officer for the Kentucky Heritage Council, said the original builder of the bridge is buried on site.
"He's ... near the creek the bridge crosses," Kennedy said.
Information from: The Ledger Independent, http://www.maysville-online.com