GARRISON – The new Kentucky 8 bridge over Kinniconick Creek in Lewis County is open to traffic but concerns about the lack of guard rails have been raised.

“Getting the bridge open to traffic was the first part of construction,” said Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Allen Blair. “There is still shoulder work being done before guardrails can be installed.”

The bridge, originally built in 1930, is undergoing a $4.4 million renovation to make it more secure. Installation of steel beams and concrete being poured began in March 2017.

With construction ongoing, concerns about the bridge’s safety, especially during the winter have been raised and precautions are being taken. Although the bridge is open to the public, a lack of guardrails has alerted some motorists.

“We have barrels to indicate where the guardrail will be while the shoulder work is being done,” said Blair. “The shoulder work has to be completed before we can pour the concrete and then we can install the guard rails. There are construction signs and we are looking into adding more signs to let people know about the bridge’s state.”

Kentucky Department of Highways District 9 feels there is no safety issue.

“District 9 doesn’t see an issue with the bridge,” said Lewis County Judge-Executive Todd Ruckel. “We have considered putting additional signs, extra lighting and construction barrels up. Everyone should exercise regular driving precautions while driving in this area. As long as people are aware and follow the speed limit, then they should be fine.”

The construction is estimated to be completed in the spring between April and May.