Historic bridge in Mercer County offered for relocation
Deep Creek Road Bridge over Chaplin River dates to 1915
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 26, 2013) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Department of Highways, announces that the Deep Creek Road Bridge in Mercer County is eligible for relocation.
The bridge was determined eligible for the National Register of Historic Places by the Kentucky State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). The location for the bridge is mile point 2.2 on County Road 1225, between Mackville and Harrodsburg. The community of Rose Hill is nearby.
The Deep Creek Road Bridge was built by the Empire Bridge Company in 1915. It consists of one 120-foot Pratt through truss span and a 64-foot long Bedstead/Bedpost approach span. The bridge is approximately 244 feet long and 11.5 feet wide.
In 2014 the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) will initiate construction of a replacement bridge. The two agencies, in cooperation with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), are seeking a new home for the old bridge.
City, county or state government, as well as a historic preservation organization or anyone else approved by the SHPO, could acquire the Deep Creek Road Bridge for preservation and reuse at a new site in Kentucky. If relocated to an appropriate setting, the bridge may still be eligible for the National Register.
Prior to submitting a Letter of Interest and Proposal, interested agencies, organizations or individuals are encouraged to contact the KYTC District 7 Office in Lexington to obtain marketing and bridge condition information.
Contact Becky Barrick, Environmental Coordinator, at 859-246-2355, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Highway District 7, 763 W. New Circle Road, Lexington, KY 40512.