Darren Doyle, story and photos:
Commuters that use KY HWY 70 (Morgantown Road) that cross the Bear Creek bridge near the junction of KY HWY 187 are in for a longer trip, due to the upcoming closure to the bridge, which was announced by the KY Transportation Cabinet District 3 earlier this week.
The closure is scheduled for February 5th and is expected to last 90 days. The project consists of an entire bridge replacement.
What exactly does that mean for commuters? The normal route at the junction of KY HWY 259 and 70 in Brownsville should take drivers anywhere from 6-7 minutes to get to the bridge under normal circumstances; however, the detour that will be laid out with signage will be longer. That route will be HWY 259 N through Brownsville and Bee Spring, turning onto KY HWY 238 through Sunfish, then onto KY HWY 187. That route alone is anywhere from 18-20 minutes, adding anywhere from 10-15 mins on a normal traffic day.
Those planning on taking that route should expect delays in their schedule, due to the closure. Detour signs will be posted. The route and bridge are state roads and will be handled by the state, not county.