Cabin Creek Bridge

The Cabin Creek Covered Bridge is a multiple Kingpost through truss over Cabin Creek in Rectorville, Lewis County, Kentucky. Constructed in 1873, the crossing is also known as the Rectorville Bridge or the Mackey-Hughes Bridge.1 2 In 1912, arches and tension rods were added by the Bower Bridge Company, followed by a structural repairs in 1964.5 A structural steel buttress was added in 1978.3

In 1983, the bridge was supplemented with a modern concrete crossing and the covered bridge was subsequently closed to vehicular traffic.1 2 Flood damage in the spring of 2008 damaged the covered bridge including the steel buttress.5 In July, pedestrian traffic was prohibited.6

The National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation Program awarded $500,000 for the stabilization and restoration of the Cabin Creek bridge in 2008,5 and approximately half of the funding was used to stabilize the bridge in the spring of 2009 with a steel reinforcement system that had been used for the Johnson Creek Covered Bridge in Robertson County.1 4 The remaining money was to be used for restoration, which has been estimated to cost a total of $1 million. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the Department of Parks and the Heritage Council have worked to secure funding for complete restoration, and in September 2010, approximately $1 million was allocated from the Transportation Enhancement Funds.

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