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Crews working to repair damaged bridge in Jackson County

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Posted at 5:08 PM, Jan 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-02 17:08:31-05

JACKSON COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Flood damage to a bridge is causing people in Jackson and Laurel Counties to add at least 15 miles to their trips when trying to cross counties.

The damage occurred earlier this week after debris piled up so high that it created a way for water from Rockcastle River to hit the bridge hard and consistent enough to lift up the asphalt from the wooden bridge underneath.

"It being wintertime and black top plants shut down, about the only option that we have is to take the old pavement off of it and leave it just as wood until the spring," Jackson County Judge Executive Shane Gabbard said.
"Or hopefully by the spring we'll have a plan in place for a new bridge to be built."

Crews have been working and are hoping that the bridge will be cleared up enough so people can start crossing it again on Thursday night; however, that doesn't mean the repairs will be finished.