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BROOKSVILLE -- The bridge over Snag Creek on Kentucky 8 has reopened after being closed for replacement.

Bracken County Judge-Executive Earl Bush made the announcement of the reopening during fiscal court Wednesday.

The bridge closed on June 1 for construction of a new structure.

The new bridge is 33 feet long with two 12-foot lanes and 4-foot shoulders.

Sunesis Construction Company of West Chester, Ohio, was awarded the low bid contract for $2.7 million.

During the meeting, Bush also told magistrates a truck hit the bridge on Hamilton Road Tuesday. The area has been closed until an inspector can make it to the site.

"The state made the recommendation that the bridge remain closed until then for safety reasons," Bush said. "The driver of the vehicle did quite a bit of damage."

The magistrates also approved the county to enter into an opioid class action lawsuit with several other counties in Kentucky.

During an October fiscal court meeting, Bracken County Attorney Beth Moore said several counties in Kentucky have signed up to be a part of the lawsuit, which would hold opioid manufacturers accountable for the losses counties face due to opioid usage.

"It's an attempt to hold the manufacturers of these opioids accountable," Moore said. "There's a lot going on with it. A law firm started this litigation and, I believe, 40 counties have signed up. There's no loss to the county if we become a part of it. I think the law firm would take a percentage of it once the lawsuit is complete, but the county does not have to pay anything to be a part of it."

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Moore also said she was unsure how the money would be divided up if the lawsuit is successful.

"I don't know if they would do a flat amount to the counties or they'll base it on the amount the counties may lose due to the opioid usage," she said. "I think it would be difficult to calculate a number, so I'd say they'll most likely divide the amount up between all of the counties."

Other items discussed at the meeting included:

-- Appointing Karin Poe and Tom Goshorn to the Extension board.

-- Approving monthly claims.

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