Covered bridge restoration almost complete

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Associated Press

Posted on January 20, 2014 at 10:01 PM

MAYSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The restoration of a covered bridge in northeastern Kentucky is almost finished.

Arnold Graton, who owns the company overseeing the restoration, told The Ledger Independent (http://bit.ly/1aDUiqI) that the Cabin Creek Covered Bridge project should be completed in about three weeks.

"What we have left is pretty much replacing the floor of the bridge and finishing the approaches to the bridge," Graton said. "We raised the bridge up a couple of feet to keep it out of the floodwaters, so now we have to go back and make sure there is a place for the roadway to meet the bridge."

The $1.2 million project in Lewis County was funded through a transportation enhancement program. Work began in 2009. Grafton said it is one of 13 covered bridges in the state that are still standing. Nine others also have been restored.

Patrick Kennedy, preservation officer for the Kentucky Heritage Council, said the span in was originally built in 1873. Officials closed it in 1983 due to storm damage.

Grafton says he hopes small vehicle traffic will be able to use the bridge after the restoration is completed.

"Larger vehicles probably wouldn't be able to cross it," he said. "But, it would be nice to see smaller vehicles be able to make use of it."

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Information from: The Ledger Independent, http://www.maysville-online.com

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