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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Two Bridges in Downtown Frankfort, KY

Two Bridges in Downtown Frankfort, KY

In the West side of the Historic Downtown Frankfort area are a pair of old bridges next to each other and crossing the Kentucky River.

On the left is the Kentucky River Railroad Bridge. It was built in 1929 by the American Bridge Company with a Pennsylvania Through Truss. It is still in use by RJ Corman Railroad, but back then it would have been used by L&N.

On the right is the Broadway Bridge (and was at one time called the Blue Bridge, although it's rusty and not blue anymore.) It is a Baltimore Petit through truss bridge built in 1910. Automobile Traffic has been closed on this bridge for a long time as a newer bridge has replaced it to the north. It was still open for pedestrian travel for a while, but with it rated with a superstructure having imminent failure, the bridge is now fenced off.

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