In 2015 instead of scheduling the 2 day weekend trip on
Memorial Day weekend I have scheduled the trip on July 4th
weekend. That is Friday July 3rd, Saturday July 4th and
Sunday July 5th. It is for Pine Mountain.
They will not take reservations for a group on Memorial Day
weekend due to the Mountain Laurel Festival that weekend so,
since several people wanted to go to Pine Mountain we decided to
change the trip to July 4th weekend. Let's have a great
I received an email from Steven Greseth,
a civil engineer, hiker and bicyclist He is trying to get
the K&I bridge reopened to foot traffic. As he says that
would make a great hike/walk looping from the Big Four
Bridge down to the K&I bridge, and back across the river.
Now it is closed only to the railroad. He wants to get
people to contact officials to try to get the railroad to
open it back up again.
I am sending links to his report. They are at the bottom of
this email. It includes a lengthy history of the bridge
including the reason it was closed to the public. The most
interesting part of the whole paper is the paragraph below
on page 103 of the pdf and page 151 of the Word Doc
INTERVIEW WITH (blocked name) – KENTUCKY & INDIANA BRIDGE
COMPANY RETIREE – JANUARY 22, 201371
Steven R. Greseth interviewed (blocked name) at 1:30 P.M.,
January 22, 2013 in his home at
(blocked address), Louisville, Kentucky regarding the K & I
He worked his career for the K & I Bridge Company and wrote
a history of the K & I Bridge
Company that is contained earlier in this report.
He said J.J. Gaynor, President of the K & I Bridge Company,
exaggerated the roadway
deflection from an overloaded truck which crossed the K & I
in 1979. Gaynor used the 1979 truck
incident as an excuse to eliminate the toll collection cost.
John said workers quickly repaired the
roadway deck, and the truck was never in danger of falling
into the river as reported.
John said the Kentucky & Indiana Bridge Company was
negligent in how it had configured
the toll collection. People could drive vehicles across the
bridge without payment, and there was no
method or signage to protect against overweight vehicles.
That negligence allowed the 1979 truck
incident which caused the deck to sag nine inches, according
John said no regulation
permitted Kentucky & Indiana Bridge Company to close the
roadway lanes to the public.
Public perception and public officials simply bought into
overloaded truck story.
In other words, the railroad closed the bridge to the
public just because they wanted to.
Below is the original PDF which is over 6 MEGS so is
I converted it to a Word doc which is a lot smaller, but is
not as easy to read.