BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – A historic bridge, closed for repairs for two years, is now open.
Restoration of the bridge cost approximately $ 300,000 as the steel beams and diagonal bracing were deemed structurally insufficient and needed to be replaced.
Warren County director of public works Josh Moore said concrete work was also to be done on the piers.
âIt is a bridge of federal significance because it is one of the oldest bow-string bridges in the country. We therefore felt that it was important to open it to traffic for residents. Also, there are a lot of tourist spots across the bridge, wedding venues, and it’s the same one that has a lot of events here and it’s important to their business, âMoore said.
Robert Hayward Minton, a 99-year-old World War II veteran, lives near the David Garvin Memorial Bridge and has been missing it since it closed.
He used another bridge which he says is a bit more difficult to descend due to the speed on the road.
âIt’s pretty easy to get up there, but that’s where you get hit in the back if you’re not careful. Someone is coming 80 miles an hour and that bridge has an arch and you don’t realize you’re stopping. It will be safer for me to come home, âMinton said.
So, when the bridge reopened, Minton was the first car allowed to drive
” I live here. I have lived here longer than anyone. I married a girl there in 1944 and on our first date we had a boat John docked in front of her house and she took me on a boat ride, âMinton said.
Further work will be done on the bridge over the next month along with lighting and security.
Remember that the bridge is a one-lane bridge and only one vehicle must be on the bridge at a time.