Frequently Asked Questions
Bridging Kentucky is a Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) program to manage the rehabilitation or replacement of state, county and municipal bridges throughout the Commonwealth. The program – focusing on improved safety and mobility – currently is studying more than 1,000 bridges to prioritize needs and make plans for improvements.
Kentucky has more than 14,000 bridges. This program is focused on about 1,000 of those bridges.
Not every aging structure in the program needs to be replaced. Many of these bridges can be restored with structural improvements that will add decades to their life.
Like many states, Kentucky has struggled to keep up with needed maintenance and replacement of infrastructure due to limited revenues for transportation. Bridging Kentucky, along with KYTC’s Pavement Preservation Program, represent a renewed emphasis on prioritizing our limited dollars to maintain the Commonwealth’s current transportation system.
No. Bridging Kentucky will address only Kentucky’s bridges with the most pressing needs over the next six years. The program represents a portion of bridges in need of some level of repair. During the six years, the state likely will identify additional needs among other bridges across the Commonwealth.
Bridges that are rehabilitated through the program will be designed to remain sound for decades to come. New bridges generally have a design life of 75 years.
KYTC currently is working with engineers to study the bridges in the program and quickly identify those that can be rehabilitated immediately and returned to full service. In tandem, the project team is prioritizing the bridge list so those projects identified in the current highway plan with the greatest needs and impact can be fixed with the dollars the state has available.
In line with the state’s prioritization efforts, KYTC is using a data-driven approach that focuses primarily on:
- Improving safety
- Preserving existing infrastructure
- Spending tax dollars wisely (cost/benefit)
The entire list of bridges in the program is being finalized and will be published later this year.
To request more information about the program, use the form on our contact us page.