Combs Bridge (KY 80)

The Combs Bridge formerly carried KY 80 over the North Fork Kentucky River in Combs, Kentucky. The three-span Parker through truss was constructed in 1929.1

In 2011, the state began preparations to replace the aging Combs Bridge and offered the old structure to government agencies, historic preservation organizations and individuals who could re-erect the bridge.1 Under the program, the state and the Federal Highway Administration would pay the costs of marking parts of the bridge, dismantling it, transporting it to the new site and off-loading it.

A contract was let for the new Combs Bridge on July 11, 2014, which was completed in 2015 at a cost of $4.3 million.3 Unfortunately, with no one interested in receiving the old Combs Bridge, contractors were left with removing the structure by controlled blasts.2 On February 10, 2016, around 2 p.m., detonators were set to remove the old bridge which collapsed into the river.

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