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Crews preparing to paint rebuilt Paoli bridge damaged by semi driver

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Drivers in Paoli are one step closer to being able to use a historic bridge that collapsed under the weight of a tractor-trailer nearly two years ago.

The bridge was damaged when Mary Lambright tried to drive a semi across it on Christmas Day in 2015. The truck weighed nearly six times the posted limit and caused the bridge, built in the 1800s, to collapse

A judge has sentenced Lambright to serve 180 days in jail. 

Work on the 34,000 bridge started this past winter. Crews had to lift it and move it to land where it was rebuilt.

An insurance settlement paid for the nearly $750,000 needed to rebuild the bridge. But Orange County was responsible for around $2,000 for a re-inspection fee. Lambright was ordered to repay the county for that fee, but she was not required to pay any money toward the bridge’s repairs.

The construction manager tells us the bridge has been lifted back into place and will be painted next week.


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