GARRISON – The new Kentucky 8 bridge in Garrison over Kinniconick Creek in Lewis County is now open to traffic.

“The new Garrison bridge in Lewis County is open to traffic,” Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesperson Allen Blair said. “We want to thank local residents for their patience and we want to thank the contractors, Bush and Burchett Inc., who worked diligently through flooding and some geologic issues to get it open within a couple weeks of our target date.”

The $5 million replacement project began when the old bridge was closed in March of this year. Officials said in March that the bridge was being replaced due to wear and tear on the aging structure. It was demolished and the new bridge was built in its place.

“The new steel and concrete bridge is stronger, wider and safer than the original 1930s structure, and will enhance the Garrison community for many years to come,” Blair said.

According to Blair, the bridge is an important part of the Garrison community and Lewis County, so KYTC and workers wanted to get the project done as quickly as possible to minimize obstruction.

According to Blair, construction included new concrete piers, installation of steel beams and the pouring of the bridge’s concrete surface.

“While the bridge will remain open to traffic, highway work will continue for several more months,” Blair said.

According to KYTC, final completion for the project is set for spring when final road surface, guardrail and other detail work will be finished.

“Until then, motorists should use caution crossing the bridge and expect flagged traffic or other traffic changes when crews are working,” Blair said. “Motorists are asked to heed all warning signs, slow down in the work zone and remain aware of workers and construction equipment when traveling.”