City of Pikeville officials have shared more details about repairs being made to the 7th Street Bridge and the Pauley Bridge.
At its March 28 meeting, the Pikeville City Commission approved the advertisement for public tenders for the 7th Street Bridge Phase I Repair Project and the Bridge Phase I Repair Project Pauley, which are the city’s two bridge repair projects. These bridges are currently closed to foot traffic.
Pikeville Town Manager Philip Elswick said that after this approval by the Pikeville Town Commission, they will open bids for the projects and award the bid to a contractor, who will then complete the projects. There are two phases of repair on the bridges, and they include replacing part of the decking and stringers on both bridges, which Elswick says are currently worn and weathered.
“These bridges are inspected regularly and every three to five years or so minor repairs are carried out,” Elswick said, while adding that emergency repairs can be carried out if needed.
However, he said he could not provide an official time frame for the start and completion of the project, as the city was currently “at the mercy of the contractor” with how long the project would take to start, as they still needed to find a contractor for the project.
He added, however, that repairs to the bridges are not expected to take more than a week once they begin, given that no unforeseen severe weather events are occurring.
Elswick said he knows the bridges are important to the community and the city doesn’t want to keep them closed longer than necessary to complete repairs.
“We know these bridges are very important to our community,” he said. “We are working to open those bridges as quickly as possible.”