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The KY 8 Licking River Bridge is a vital multi-modal connector for local travelers, freight traffic, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Built in 1936, the existing three-lane bridge was designed to carry roughly 7,000 vehicles a day. Today it carries more than double that amount. During peak travel times, the number of vehicles crossing the bridge significantly exceeds what each lane can handle without travel delays. In addition, the bridge doesn’t meet today’s design standards for weight and accessibility.


The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s goals for this project are to address transportation needs, while also creating an aesthetically pleasing design.


  1. Provide a safe crossing of the Licking River that accommodates traffic now and into the future and provides safe bicycle and pedestrian access.

  2. Uphold the trust of the public in delivering the project, including enhancing the aesthetic appearance or “visual appeal” of the crossing.

  3. Ensure the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians during construction and minimize impacts to vehicular traffic.

  4. Deliver the project within the KYTC budget allowance of $68 million.


At the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC), our job is to ensure our infrastructure meets the needs of our growing population and businesses. 

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