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Clays Ferry bridge, 1944

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The Clays Ferry bridge under construction over the Kentucky River in November 1944. The task of laying superstructural steel work on the pylons of the new Clays Ferry Bridge was done by the Mt. Vernon Bridge Company of Mt. Vernon, Ohio. The structural work was started from the Fayette county side of the river and rose at a three percent incline to the Madison side, this slight grade can be seen in the photo.  According to the construction company officials, the bridge will be 280 feet in height at river level, the highest structure of its kind east of the Mississippi River, and more than 1,500 feet in length.Published in the Lexington Leader, November 4, 1944.

The Clays Ferry bridge was under construction over the Kentucky River in November 1944. The task of laying superstructural steel work on the pylons was done by the Mount Vernon Bridge Co. of Mount Vernon, Ohio. The structural work was started from the Fayette County side of the river and rose at a three percent incline to the Madison side. This slight grade can be seen in the photo. The bridge was 280 feet high at river level, the highest structure of its kind east of the Mississippi River at the time, and was more than 1,500 feet long. Published in the Lexington Leader.

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