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Bellewood Road

Anchorage, Kentucky

Bridge Replacement

Owner:

City of Anchorage

Engineer:

Stantec Consulting

Contractor:

RAM Engineering

Installation:

May 2, 2007

Due to a partial collapse of the headwall/wingwall, the City of Anchorage needed to replace a historic bridge that dated back to the 1800s but wanted to keep its aesthetic appearance intact. The city elected to use a CON/SPAN® structure because it most closely resembled the original bridge and could be installed quickly to minimize road closure.

In order for the stone facing to be kept in the exact alignment as the original bridge, RAM Engineering dismantled the remaining portion of the headwall stone by stone, numbering each individual rock. After the precast arches were installed, the crews worked to reface the stone wall. Due to the weight of the stones, only one row could be set per day.

“Through using the CON/SPAN precast bridge, the City was able to minimize road closure, disruption to our residents, and construction time while restoring the original historic look of the bridge,” said W. Thomas Hewitt, Mayor of Anchorage. “The new bridge resembles the historic look of the stone bridge designed by Mr. Shallcross in the late 1800s. We are very pleased with the results.”

The original bridge was one of six constructed under the supervision of Mr. Jacob Shallcross, Chairman of the Town Board, at that time. The bridges were part of his efforts to make the town a beautiful garden spot.

Technical Description:

  • Span: 12 ft
  • Rise: 7 ft
  • Length: 30 ft

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