KYTC District 10 design team wins statewide award for excellence for construction project in Perry County
JACKSON, KY – An entry submitted by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Department of Highways District 10's design team was chosen as the winner of the William S. Gulick In-house Project Excellence Award in statewide competition.
The award was for the Woodland Park Bridge in Hazard and was presented at the recent 2013 Partnering Conference in Louisville.
“Our design team was faced with a number of challenges in replacing the historic old one-lane bridge, which had stood for more than 70 years, with a new modern structure that served the needs of that neighborhood,” said Corbett Caudill, chief district engineer. “We believe that the new bridge is both aesthetically pleasing and structurally sufficient to provide access to this community.”
This project began in 2004, when funding for design of the bridge was authorized.
Construction began in 2009 and construction was completed in 2011, when the bridge was opened to traffic.
Challenges in the design and construction of the bridge involved the location of the bridge between the existing span and a low-water dam on the North Fork of the Kentucky River. Since the bridge is the only way into and out of the Woodland Park community, traffic had to be maintained on the old structure while the new one was being built. Because the old truss bridge was eligible for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places, and because of the bridge’s proximity to the historic Hazard water treatment plant, elements of the water plant were included in the visual design of the new bridge.
The new bridge was built at a cost of slightly more than $2.7 million. The residents of the Woodland Park neighborhood in Hazard now have a modern structure that should last indefinitely. It replaced a deteriorating span that was only one lane wide and had a weight limit of 11 tons.
“Local officials in Hazard and residents of Woodland Park played an active role in the planning of this project,” Caudill said. “We were pleased that we could make this improvement to provide a safe means of ingress and egress for the neighborhood while at the same time building a visually attractive structure.”
The award is named for William S. Gulick, a longtime Kentucky Transportation Cabinet engineer, and is presented annually. District 10 has won the award two previous times, for a new bridge on KY 476 at Lotts Creek in Perry County in 2006, and for the realignment of a segment of KY 82 in Estill County near the Powell County line in 2010.