New bridge will replace ‘functionally obsolete’ span over South Fork of Beaver Creek
GLASGOW, Ky. (Oct. 30, 2014) — Gov. Steve Beshear today announced funding for design to fast-track a much-needed replacement bridge on a roadway vital to three educational institutions in Glasgow.
The new bridge and approaches will take the place of a narrow, “functionally obsolete” span built in 1963 to carry KY 249 – Roseville Road — over the South Fork of Beaver Creek.
The bridge is between Roseville Road’s intersections with Hilltopper Way and Trojan Trail, which together provide access to the Glasgow campus of Western Kentucky University and to Barren County High School and Barren County Middle School.
“The current bridge served the community well for many years, and even today it is structurally sound,” Beshear said. “But the needs of the community, especially the need for safe and efficient access to the high school, middle school and Western’s Glasgow campus, have outgrown the old bridge.”
The state has committed $120,000 toward design of a new bridge. Funding for other phases of a replacement project – right of way, utilities and construction – will have to be provided in a future Kentucky Highway Plan.