Gov. Beshear Highlights $989,000 Award to Elliott County to Restore and Reopen Old Laurel Gorge Bridge
Governor also presents $500,000 award to upgrade State Route 755
SANDY HOOK, KY (STL.News) Today at Elliott County High School, Gov. Andy Beshear presented a $989,445.60 ceremonial check for a state project to restore and reopen the historic Old Laurel Gorge Bridge on Little Sandy River.
The steel truss bridge, opened in the 1930s, has been a gateway to the scenic Laurel Gorge for generations of fishermen, kayakers and other recreation lovers.
“By investing in our infrastructure, we are ensuring it will stand the test of time and be here not just for us, but for our children and grandchildren,” said Gov. Beshear. “This project will protect families, reduce traffic and improve the lives of all Kentuckians in the region who rely on the bridge and need it to reopen after all necessary safety upgrades have been made.”
He also presented a $500,000 check to Elliott County for paving and upgrades on State Route 755, known locally as South Ruin Road.
The 6.5-mile-long road serves as a popular connector between Sandy Hook and Kentucky Route 173 for people commuting to places like Morehead State University and the St.