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Pedestrian bridge where child fell will need repairs

Pedestrian bridge still needs repairs after child fell 15 feet through fence

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An inspector checks the bridge for repairs An inspector checks the bridge for repairs

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A bridge over the Watterson Expressway in south Louisville is still not fixed after a 3-year-old boy fell 15 feet through loose fencing.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says it was not aware of loose fencing or the child falling until WDRB contacted them. An inspector with the department was at the bridge Wednesday looking for any repairs needed.

Leroy Fenwick's son Jason is out of the hospital and doing better after suffering from a concussion and skull fracture. The child fell from the pedestrian bridge Saturday when his mother apparently glanced away for a split second.

"You see the safety rail? There's no railing all the way through there," Fenwick said, while pointing to the spot where his son fell on Cliff Avenue.

The loose fencing has been patched. Who fixed it though, is a mystery. It was not the city or the Transportation Cabinet.

"Who put the ties on? We do not know. No one from our agency went out there and did that," said Andrea Clifford with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Fenwick wants to see more than a patch job.

"I think they need to go up there and do it the right way, put up a safety railing," he said. "It's just not secure for children."

Bars at the bottom of the fencing keep the fencing secure, but an inspector with the Transportation Cabinet noticed on Wednesday that four sections on the bridge are missing those bars.

"They are going to order the necessary materials to replace those. We will make those repairs as soon as we get the materials in and can schedule a crew to get out there," Clifford said.

Transportation officials say every bridge in Kentucky is inspected once every two years, and that includes this pedestrian bridge, which was dedicated in 1988.

"We inspect these bridges, and if something is damaged after our inspection, we may not know about it unless someone sees it," Clifford said.

Fenwick wants to see a permanent and safe fix.

"That bridge is used everyday by school kids," he said. "There's a middle school on the other side of that bridge. They get up there horseplaying, they can go through just like my son. I don't want to see that happen to no child."

If you do notice a problem on a pedestrian bridge, you can call the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to report it.

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