• John McGary, Woodford Sun Editor

Weisenberger Mill Bridge bid awarded

The state Transportation Cabinet last week accepted a Louisville construction firm’s bid of $877,000 to replace the Weisenberger Mill Bridge, which was closed July 2016 for safety reasons. According to Natasha Lacy, a public information officer with the Cabinet’s District 7 office in Lexington, the successful bid was by the Louisville Paving Company. Lacey said a pre-construction meeting was scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 7, at the District 7 office, during which the start and completion dates would be discussed. “The project will include removal of the existing structure and construction of a new structure,” Lacy said. In late June, the cabinet’s awards committee rejected Louisville Paving Company’s $1.95 million bid – nearly three times the $709,888.75 that Cabinet engineers had originally estimated. After the first bid was rejected, Magistrate Liles Taylor (Dist. 1), said the new bid would remove abutment work from the project. “That portion will be done through an existing State Master Agreement for that work. But before the abutment work can be done, the bridge truss has to be removed, which is a part of the scope of work that will be re-bid …” Taylor told Sun Midway correspondent Vanessa Seitz. Monday, Lacy confirmed Taylor’s assessment of the reduced scope of the project. The closure of the historic, one-lane bridge, which spans Woodford and Scott counties over South Elkhorn Creek, has been an inconvenience for those who regularly used the one-lane structure. Some residents of Zion Hill, a historically black community in Scott County near the bridge, have said they feel forgotten.

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