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Road closed after bridge collapse in Hopkins Co.

Updated: Jul. 19, 2019 at 12:08 PM CDT
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HOPKINS CO., Ky. (WFIE) - A traffic alert for drivers in Hopkins County.

Veterans Drive, at Estill Baker Road in Hanson, will be closed until further notice due to a bridge collapse in the construction area.

Officials say the Old Otter Creek Bridge had structural issues, but thankfully no one was hurt when the bridge fell.

Keith Todd with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says this is why it’s so important to have funding to replace old structures like this bridge.

“There was already one lane traffic, we were already constructing a new bridge, which by the way is part of our bridge in Kentucky Program," explained Todd. "Which is aimed at replacing a lot of critical bridges that have issues and very obviously this happened to be one of them that really needed to be replaced.”

Todd said the cabinet is thankful that a new bridge was already in the works.

Drivers should avoid the area if they can.

If you need to get through, you can use Island Ford Road to connect to I-69. Crews are also working to establish a marked detour as quickly as possible.

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