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W. Broadway Bridge Project

​Franklin County: KYTC Item No. 5-805


Project Description 

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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is seeking public input for the W. Broadway Bridge project (KYTC Item No. 5-805) in Frankfort, Franklin County. The purpose of the project is to implement a long-term solution to address deteriorating structural conditions, as well as safety concerns for pedestrians and boaters who travel beneath the structure.

The bridge has been closed to vehicular traffic since 1993 and was later closed to pedestrians. A Bridge Conversion Feasibility Study Broadway Street (KY 3506) over Kentucky River was completed in August 2019 and concluded that the bridge is in “imminent” failure condition with a rating of 1 out of 9 according to the Federal Highway Administration’s rating guidelines. The rating reflects the major deterioration and section loss on major structural components, as well as the fact that the bridge is currently closed. 

Potential Alternatives 


Due to debris falling from the structure, the bridge currently poses safety concerns for pedestrians in Kentucky River View Park on Riverview Trail and boaters on the Kentucky River. It is also a hazard to anyone who might ignore the barricades at each end and walk onto the deck. Variations of two options have been explored to address these safety hazards: 

  • Demolish the bridge
  • Rehabilitate the bridge and convert it to a multi-use path
  • Construct a new bridge for a multi-use path




​Virtual Public Meeting 

October 27, 2020 at 6:30 PM 

The purpose of the Public Meeting was to provide the public with an overview of the project and an opportunity to provide comments that could be considered during further project development.

To request a printed copy of the meeting materials, contact David Waldner at 859-744-1218 or dwaldner@palmernet.com.  

Public Meeting Documents 



Next Steps 

  • Environmental studies will be conducted to assess natural and human-made resources in the project area, as well as potential impacts from the project. 
  • A review of historic properties in the area of the project will be conducted. If you are interested in historic properties and would like to participate as a Consulting Party, please submit your application using the button below.  A copy of the Area of Potential Effect for historic properties is Available Here or provided in the Project Library.
  • The first Consulting Party Meeting that discussed eligible properties was discussed on November 9 at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom.
  • The next Consulting Party Meeting will be held in December or early January to discuss effects on historic properties.


Project Library 

2019 Bridge Conversion Feasibility Study 
January 7, 1997 Letter from KYTC to City












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