UPDATE: Transportation officials with the state are hoping the issue can be resolved by Wednesday when students go back to school.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has closed state highway 937, locally known as the Cutoff Road, in Livingston County due to a damaged bridge.
During an inspection, engineers found a severely damaged piling on the Lee Creek Bridge at mile point 0.874 just south of the Ky. 937 intersection with US 60.
Engineers are evaluating the bridge at this time to work out a plan for emergency repairs, say Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesperson Keith Todd. However, those repairs could take several days perhaps longer.
The closure is especially critical since it serves as a detour for Ky. 453 which is currently closed for a culvert replacment project south of Smithland. KY 453 was expected to reopen in the next week. However, completion of the project has been held up while the contractor waits for AT&T and Windstream to move communications cables that are in the work area. Both AT&T and Windstream have known for several months that their cables would have to be moved to allow the project to be finished, Todd said in a news release.