FAQs

What is Bridging Kentucky?

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.

How many bridges are in Kentucky and how many are in need of critical repairs?

Kentucky has more than 14,000 bridges. This program is focused on restoring those bridges that are closed, posted with weight restrictions or rated in poor condition.

Are you building new bridges to replace the ones in poor condition?

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.

Why are so many bridges broken?

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.

Will this fix the problem?

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.

How long will these bridges last?

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.

Which bridges will get fixed first?

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.

How did KYTC decide which bridges will be part of the program?

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)
How do I find out which bridges near me will be repaired or replaced?

Who do I contact with a question about Bridging Kentucky?

To request more information about the program, use the form on our contact us page.

What is the Bridging Kentucky Program Team?

The Program Team is led by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and includes a number of professional firms tasked with assisting KYTC to deliver the program.

The list of firms on the program team includes: Stantec Consulting Services

QK4

AECOM

Bancroft Relocation Services

JM Crawford

Strand Associates

Kristine Fallon & Associates

American Engineers Incorporated

Baumgarder & Associates PSC

Bluegrass Valuations Group

C2 Strategic Communications

Copperhead Environmental Consulting

Corn Island Archaeology

Cultural Resource Analysis

Eco-Tech Consultants

Embry Merritt Shaffar Womack PLLC

Fox, Wood, Wood & Estill

Integrated Engineering

Lee Engineering

Linebach Funkhouser

Redwing Ecological Services