Posted by Mike Dever - email
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - After being shut down for nearly two years, the Harrods Creek Bridge is set to reopen today at 3 p.m.
That's welcome news for nearby businesses and residents who have been inconvenienced by its closing, and many people are anxious for it to reopen.
At least one person was too impatient to wait until Monday's 3 p.m. opening ceremony. Police say someone moved the orange constructions cones and drove across the bridge sometime Sunday night.
The cones were put back in place and yellow police tape was added to discourage anyone else from doing the same thing.
The Harrods Creek Bridge was shut down in November of 2008 when a state inspector deemed it unsafe for traffic.
The historic bridge had only one lane in the near century since it first opened, which meant vehicles traveling in opposite directions could not cross at the same time. The bridge has been widened to two lanes.
Lindsay English, with the Mayor's office, says that initially there will not be a traffic light at the west end of the bridge. City officials plan to evaluate the traffic pattern in the area beginning Monday and will make a final determination on a light at a later date. In the meantime, stop signs will remain at the intersection of River Rd. and Wolf Pen Branch Rd.