Last week, the city closed a century-old one-lane bridge crossing Harrods Creek on River Road. Then (well, really all the way up to this morning), the bridge posed an imminent safety risk for “errant” drivers and would be closed for the indefinite “long term.” There has been a battle over building a new, wider bridge over the creek.
It doesn’t appear to be the neighbors complaining, though. River Fields, the anti-bridge coalition also opposing the east end bridge over the Ohio River, wants the original Harrods Creek bridge restored and no new structure built. With the recent closing, though, the area is getting antsy for a crossing, so could a new bridge that’s safe for motorists and cyclists be coming soon?
Not so fast. Later this afternoon, the city revised its bridge policy and claims to have the old bridge open again in a week or two with new guard rails. So the no bridge, new bridge, old bridge ordeal will live on, at least for now. We stopped by the bridge last week to check it out now that it’s closed to motorists and walking up to it won’t land us in the hospital. The guard rails are, in fact, severely decayed. (There’s an interesting stone rail bridge support there, too, with three massive trees growing from it) You can see a few more photos we snapped after the click.