Broadway Bridge

Broadway Bridge (Old US 127 & US 421)

The Broadway Bridge formerly carried US 127 and US 421 over the Kentucky River in Frankfort, Kentucky. It is the fourth bridge at that location. 2

The first crossing across the river at that location was a circa 1850 covered bridge, which was burned during the Civil War by General John Hunt Morgan in 1862 to halt transportation of goods by rail. 2 The crossing was used as a combination railroad, horse-and-buggy, and pedestrian crossing

In 1864, a replacement covered bridge was completed but was washed away in a flood. 2 An iron Fink truss was completed in 1868 and replaced in 1910 with a pin-connected Baltimore Petit through-truss with deck plate girder approaches.

A separate railroad bridge was constructed by the American Bridge Company of New York for the Louisville & Nashville Railroad in 1929. 2

The Broadway Bridge was bypassed in 1989 when twin girder bridges were constructed downstream to carry US 421 on a new four-lane alignment. 1 Due to deteriorating superstructure and substructure, the Broadway Bridge was closed to automobile traffic in 1992.


  • State: Kentucky
  • Route: Formerly US Route 127 and US Route 421
  • Type: Baltimore Through Truss
  • Status: Abandoned / Closed
  • Total Length: 516 feet
  • Main Span Length: 156 feet
  • Deck Width: 22 feet
  • Above Vertical Clearance: 20.5 feet


  1. Frankfort Urban Area Transportation Study. Lexington: Jordan, Jones & Goulding, 2000. Print.

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