by Gabe Bullard
The rebuilding and widening of Harrods Creek Bridge in eastern Jefferson County is set to be completed in August.
In November 2008, the bridge was closed due to safety concerns. Since then, Metro Government’s plan to rebuild and widen the one-lane span has faced several delays. The conservation group River Fields sought to protect the bridge, and filed two lawsuits to that effect.
The group won an injunction last summer, but later lost a federal appeal and dropped both suits. Construction resumed in the fall, but was delayed once more by winter weather.
Mayor’s spokesperson Lindsay English says progress has been slow for the last few months, but will resume at full speed soon.
“By the middle of April, the crews will be bringing about nine 70-foot-long beams and the next step will be to add the decking panels on top,” she says. “So there’s going to be a lot of progress out there in the next month or so.”
The project’s budget is $2 million.