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Orange Co. commissioners to address collapsed Paoli bridge Wednesday

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Orange County commissioners will take their next steps Wednesday to determine the future of the heavily-damaged and historic iron bridge in downtown Paoli.

A driver steered her tractor trailer onto the bridge Christmas Day. It weighed more than the six-ton limit for the bridge and caused it to partially collapse into a creek. The mangled metal remnants lay there awaiting a decision on repair or replacement. 

State police cited the driver.

The collapse brought national attention to Paoli.

County commission president Don Brewer says he and fellow commissioners are "at the very beginning stages" of deciding what to do.

They await word about a settlement from the insurance company for the trucking company, Brewer told WDRB News.

Commissioners on Wednesday may hire an engineering company to study the bridge.

Options include repairing and replacing the bridge. 

Commissioners likely would lean toward repair because the bridge, built in 1880, is on the National Register of Historic Places. They hope to make a decision on what to do by early spring, Brewer said.

The iron truss bridge carries Gospel Street across Lick Creek, south of the courthouse square.

Commissioners are to meet Wednesday morning at the county office complex.

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