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Historic bridge finds new home in Carrollton
, Courier Staff Writer
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 11:00 AM
Harry Crase (clockwise from right) Pat Madine, Jeff Wise and Mark Mefford disconnect support beams that were used to move a historic bridge into place over a ravine between between Two Rivers Campground and Point Park in Carrollton on Monday. The bridge, on Dow Corning property, was donated to the city. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchiefirstname.lastname@example.org)
A bridge that once carried buggies on old KY 42 in Carroll County, will be put to a new use in Carrollton's city limits.
The historic bridge, built in 1869, was moved from its original location east of Carrollton on Monday amid a parade of law enforcement and city officials before being placed in a new location on the western edge of the city to become a part of the city's riverwalk.
Mayor Gene McMurry said the bridge had been built in the 1800s to help travelers cross McCool's Creek on the old state roadway, which is now part of the Dow Corning property.
"Dow (Corning) wanted to preserve it," McMurry said. "They wanted to put it where the public could use it."
Brush and weeds had grown up around the bridge in its original location several hundred yards north of the current KY 42.
Dow Corning donated the bridge to the city earlier this year with the intention of placing the bridge near the city's riverwalk. The historic bridge was placed across a ravine between Two Rivers Campground and Point Park to help pedestrians get from one area to another.
The project came together with the help of several local businesses, McMurry said.
Dow Corning provided the bridge structure and organization for the project, Tandy Trucking donated the truck and trailer for the move, Luhn and Oak supplied a crane to move the historic bridge, and Kemper Construction built the new piers.
Carrollton Fire Department, Carrollton Police Department and Carroll County Sheriff's Office provided the escort for the oversized load, and several residents turned out to watch the move.
"This was a community project," McMurry said.
The historic bridge project still requires some work - including installation of the floorboards - before it will open to the public. McMurry hopes the bridge will be completed and open to pedestrians within a month.
The city plans to hold a ceremony to celebrate the reopening of the bridge once work is completed.
PHOTOS: Historic bridge finds new home in Carrollton
Thank you Dow Corning. A great company.
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