LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is launching an effort to repair or replace 1,000 bridges in Kentucky.

According to a news release, the Bridging Kentucky program is "one of the nation's most aggressive bridge rehabilitation and replacement programs" and represents a $700 million investment.

It is expected to take six years to complete.

Several of the bridges affected are in Jefferson County.

"For decades, Kentucky has failed to properly maintain its bridges," Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin said in a statement. "The deferred maintenance cost is now measured in billions of dollars. When elected, I promised to address this issue, and that is exactly what we are doing. This is what responsible government looks like."

"Repairing and reopening closed bridges will reestablish vital routes for school buses, emergency vehicles and the hard-working men and women who make Kentucky great," he added. "We are cleaning up years of neglect. Much work remains to be done, but we are excited by the progress we are making."

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