Officials celebrate new Spottsville Bridge

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Published: Aug. 17, 2022 at 5:42 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 17, 2022 at 7:31 PM CDT
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HENDERSON CO., Ky. (WFIE) - Opening day is drawing closer for the new Spottsville Bridge.

Officials celebrated the new addition Wednesday morning.

It’s located on U.S. 60 and goes over the Green River.

Local and state officials, along with Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, attended Wednesday’s celebration.

“The current bridge is so small that some people’s combines shut down the entire bridge,” Beshear said.

Crews have been working in that area for a couple of years to get the new bridge built.

Lifetime Henderson County resident Becky Bentley recalled when the plans first were announced, and the excitement it brought her father.

“It was his dream to be on that crane over there,” Bentley said in reference to the crane at the bridge. “He wanted to be a part of this so badly.”

A man dedicated to watching its progress, Bentley’s father would go to the work site in his red truck, whenever he got the chance just to watch the progress.

“He got out of the hospital that Friday afternoon, and he would always drive straight out to the bridge just to see how things were going,” Bentley said.

He would have been in attendance on Wednesday as officials dedicated the new bridge.

He passed away on July 30, missing the ceremony by a couple of weeks.

“I’m...sad that he couldn’t be here today but I know he’s here in spirit,” Bentley said.

Bentley said she will be receiving a piece of the old bridge, something she says her family plans to use to make a bench for her father’s grave site.

Bentley says she hopes to be one of the first people to cross the new bridge, just as her father did back when the bridge was first opened.

She plans to do so in the same red truck her father drove at the time.

“It’s going to be very sentimental for me, I feel so close to him right now,” Bentley said.

“I don’t even have words for [the bridge],” Bentley said. “It’s beautiful.”

The bridge is a $32.2 million upgrade to the former bridge.

It’s set to open by the end of the month.

Officials tell 14 News that crews still have to finish painting the bridge and road lines.

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