Work continues on replacing Gratz icon

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By John Whitlock

With an eye on completing the project in late 2010, work continues on replacing the old steel truss bridge that connects Owen and Henry counties at Gratz.

The iconic Gratz bridge on KY 22, with its distinctive appearance, has become a landmark in the community since it opened in 1931. Officials with Kentucky Department of Transportation said the “Warren through truss” construction of the bridge was based on a 1848 design.

Given the age of the old bridge, a replacement project was added to the Kentucky State Highway Road Plan in 2000.

Once the $12.5 million  project is complete, the old bridge will be removed.

But transportation officials said the old bridge and its impact on the region will not be lost.

One section of railing from the old bridge will be used as part of a historical monument documenting the history of Gratz and the bridge.

The monument will be built on a grass median at the end of Main Street in Gratz.

Andrea Clifford, public information officer for the Louisville district of the Kentucky Department of Highways, said Hayden Bridge Company won the bidding process. Through the use of state-of-the art materials and procedures, the state hopes to save over $800,000.