Saturday, April 01, 2000

New Shortway Bridge on track for 2001

Piers under way on Newport side

Enquirer Contributor

        COVINGTON — The new Shortway Bridge linking Covington and Newport is a long way from completion, but a state official said Friday work is proceeding smoothly.

        “As far as I know, it's moving on schedule,” Coving ton City Manager Greg Jarvis said Friday. “We're real pleased with the project.”

        Larry Trenkamp, district construction engineer for the Transportation Cabinet's Northern Kentucky office in Fort Mitchell, said there were some delays because of the recent river elevation along the Licking River.

        “The piers on the Newport approach to the bridge are well under way,” Mr. Trenkamp said. “Nothing on the Covington side has been started. That'll probably be a couple weeks away.”

        Mr. Trenkamp said some of the piers were flooded earlier this year.

        C.J. Mahan Construction Co., the Grove City, Ohio, firm that built the Taylor-Southgate Bridge, is building the new Shortway. If the new span is not finished by late 2001, state penalties may be levied.

        Mr. Trenkamp said the old structure would remain open until the spring of 2001 while construction continues. Then, traffic will be rerouted for six months to the Fourth Street Bridge linking Covington and Newport, and a separate contractor will knock down the old bridge.

        The $10.2 million bridge will connect Covington's 12th Street and Newport's 11th Street across the Licking. It will be a four-lane structure with a concrete superstruc ture on both sides, and a curve on the Newport side will be straightened.

        It replaces the current 85-year-old bridge, a narrow two-lane structure with curvy approaches, and it is expected to improve access to the two cities and enhance development efforts.

        The original Shortway was built and operated by a trolley company. The Transportation Cabinet acquired it in 1984.


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