River road bridge to expand to two lanes this year

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By The Staff

Plans are under way to replace the crumbling 96 year-old one-lane bridge over Harrods Creek on River Road in Prospect. Louisville Metro Public Works will expand the bridge to two lanes, with construction scheduled to begin this summer and last about nine months to one year, Louisville Metro Engineering Supervisor Chris Phillips said. The road closure will divert about 8,000 cars a day, he said. The waterway will however remain open to boats. The cost is estimated at $2 million, he said. The price and construction time is increased by the effort to maintain the historic character of the bridge by preserving the original arches of the bridge.

He said the bridge is currently safe and any current deterioration is cosmetic.