Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Abandoned US 62 Bridge, Elizabethtown, Kentucky

Located in Hardin County, Kentucky, this old concrete span was abandoned and bypassed in the late 1980s.  While in very good shape, it was replaced because its a one-lane bridge in a rather grown up area.  US 62 runs through nearby Elizabethtown, and having a bottleneck like this in the area simply wasn't an option.

The old bridge sits back in the woods now, the replacement span and road alignment running to the south.
View of the deck, through the woods.
Dirt and grass have covered the deck of the bridge, giving it an odd natural beauty.
Perhaps the most enjoyable part of this hobby is seeing what happens to humankind's creations in the absence of humanity.  In short, nature always wins.  Concrete crumbles, steel rust, and greenery overtakes everything.  Its a strange beauty, and forever fascinating.   

Billy Creek still runs under the old bridge.  The moss is a nice touch.

The bridge is built of cast concrete filled with rebar, a surprisingly durable material.
The bridge plaque has of course been stolen.  Hopefully it wasn't simply scrapped.

A final view through the woods.

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1 comment:

  1. Reminds me of Logan's run, seeing what happens when things are abandoned by humanity!