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Stantec helps Kentucky reap major safety improvements to bridges

September 10, 2020

Stantec’s Tony Hunley, VP Bridges, writes for Civil + Structural Engineer about one of the most aggressive bridge rehabilitation and replacement programs in the country

The Bridging Kentucky Program is reaping major rewards in the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) initiative to improve the safety and soundness of the Commonwealth’s bridges and reduce the number of bridges with weight restrictions or rated in poor condition.

Maintaining and improving Kentucky’s inventory of more than 14,000 aging bridges is a big task, which grows larger each year. As of mid-2018, Kentucky had more than 1,100 structures with posted weight restrictions or National Bridge Inventory (NBI) ratings of 4 (poor) or below.

Bridges in the state were receiving substandard ratings faster than they could be repaired or replaced. Most of these substandard structures were smaller bridges owned by county governments and other local agencies that could not afford to fix them.

Read the full article in the September 2020 issue of Civil + Structural Engineer.

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