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Rt. 30 Bridge opens

MIDDLE FORK - The new KY Rt. 30 bridge over the Licking River opened to traffic last week in the Middle Fork community.
Cars started using the newly constructed bridge on Monday, August 29, replacing the old bridge, which was built in 1932. 
The original bridge was no stranger to accidents. With barely enough room for two small vehicles to pass, and only one truck or bus at a time, parts of the concrete are broken off all over where people have hit the sides, with several deaths recorded. Most notably, former Middle Fork Elementary Principal Paul Rowe was killed on the Route 30 bridge in 1990.
Three years ago, Representative John Short, after being turned down once for the project, brought in a state bridge inspector to examine the old bridge. 
With strip jobs up past the bridge, coal trucks frequent the road, with over 15 passing in the roughly 20 minutes the bridge inspector, Steve Waddle, was there.
Waddle said he would have to discuss the bridge with his office, but told the officials, "You've definitely got my attention."
The new bridge was built to modern design standards, with wider lanes and revising the curve to make it safer for motorists. The contract was awarded in August 2015 for construction of the bridge to Central Bridge Company for more than $2.2 million. 
On Thursday, September 1, Short told the Independent, "I'm glad we were able to do this for the people in the Middle Fork community and it's a shame we couldn't get this approved until after someone died."
MIDDLE FORK - The new KY Rt. 30 bridge over the Licking River opened to traffic last week in the Middle Fork community.
Cars started using the newly constructed bridge on Monday, August 29, replacing the old bridge, which was built in 1932. 
The original bridge was no stranger to accidents. With barely enough room for two small vehicles to pass, and only one truck or bus at a time, parts of the concrete are broken off all over where people have hit the sides, with several deaths recorded. Most notably, former Middle Fork Elementary Principal Paul Rowe was killed on the Route 30 bridge in 1990.
Three years ago, Representative John Short, after being turned down once for the project, brought in a state bridge inspector to examine the old bridge. 
With strip jobs up past the bridge, coal trucks frequent the road, with over 15 passing in the roughly 20 minutes the bridge inspector, Steve Waddle, was there.
Waddle said he would have to discuss the bridge with his office, but told the officials, "You've definitely got my attention."
The new bridge was built to modern design standards, with wider lanes and revising the curve to make it safer for motorists. The contract was awarded in August 2015 for construction of the bridge to Central Bridge Company for more than $2.2 million. 
On Thursday, September 1, Short told the Independent, "I'm glad we were able to do this for the people in the Middle Fork community and it's a shame we couldn't get this approved until after someone died." 

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