Ky. 272 open to traffic with new bridge
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A new bridge over Little River opened Tuesday to traffic on Ky. 272/Caledonia Road in Trigg County. The new $3.1 million structure replaces a bridge that was constructed in 1949 and had been restricted to a 3-ton load limit.

The new bridge provides improved safety and reliability for motorists who travel Ky. 272 across southern Trigg County into nearby Hopkinsville.

“This new bridge helps our farmers get their crops to market, and helps improve the reliability of this important route for commuters who travel into Hopkinsville on a daily basis,” said Kentucky Transportation Secretary Joe Prather. “Construction of this new bridge is part of our ongoing effort to improve transportation infrastructure for all Kentuckians.”

Ky. 272/Caledonia Road had been closed since July 13, 2009, at the 6 mile marker between Glenwood Mill Road and Sinking Fork Road. The closure, just west of the Caledonia community, was necessary while the contractor paved bridge approaches and tied them in with the existing roadway.

Trigg County Judge-Executive Stan Humphries says the new bridge will be appreciated by motorists who depend on KY 272 for daily transportation needs.

“Ky. 272 picks up a lot of traffic from the southern half of the county headed to and from Hopkinsville. This new bridge helps improve this important transportation connection,” Humphries said.

KYTC District 1 Chief District Engineer Jim LeFevre expressed his appreciation to the public for its cooperation and patience during the five weeks the road was closed to allow final connections to be completed.

“Our contractor will continue to have people working in the area as they make adjustments to guardrail, finish the landscaping, and seed right of way. Construction personnel will also be doing some additional finish work on the shoulder, so continued caution is required for a few more weeks until that work is complete,” LeFevre said.

Approximately 1,000 vehicles a day cross the Little River Bridge on Ky. 272.

Jim Smith Contracting, of Grand Rivers, is the prime contractor.

(Information for this staff report was contributed by Keith Todd of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.)
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