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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



​Virtual Public Meeting 

October 27, 2020 at 6:30 PM 

The purpose of this Virtual Public Meeting is to provide the public with an overview of the project and an opportunity to provide comments that can be considered during further project development. Registration is required. Register here and a Zoom link will be sent to you prior to the event: 

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To request a printed copy of the meeting materials, contact David Waldner at 859-744-1218 or dwaldner@palmernet.com.  
KYTC is accepting public comments on this project until November 12, 2020. Click here to submit your comment 
If you prefer to mail a comment to us, please print and use the Comment Card in the Public Meeting Documents.

Public Meeting Documents 

Public Meeting Recording (to be uploaded after the meeting) 

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 here.  A copy of the Area of Potential Effect for historic properties is Available Here or provided in the Project Library.

Project Library 




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