LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has awarded a contract for the replacement of a stone arch culvert that collapsed on KY 22 in Jefferson County, according to a news release.


New Albany-based Mac Construction will handle the project, at a cost of $729,000.Bids for the project opened on May 8, and the contract was awarded that afternoon, according to the news release.


"We are pleased to have this project designed and under contract so quickly with the KY 22 culvert collapse occurring just five weeks ago," said Matt Bullock, Chief District Engineer for the Department of Highways District 5 Office in Louisville. "We know how vital this roadway is for motorists in eastern Jefferson County and those commuting from Oldham County. Our staff has worked diligently to get this project ready for a construction advertisement."


KY 22 has been closed since the culvert and roadway over Goose Creek washed away during a flooding event on April 3 that dropped seven inches of rain in a 24-hour period.


"[You] don't see lot of stone arch culverts being built anymore, so it was very old," said Andrea Clifford, a spokeswoman for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. "Coupled with that, we had seven inches of rain in a 24-hour period -- and that structure just couldn't take that amount of pressure form the water."


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