The art deco style, popular on public structures in the 1930s, is strictly for appearance. It serves no functional purpose. Art deco construction is perhaps best represented in the facade of the
Over the years, some of the decorative concrete work around the pier caps was removed as part of normal maintenance and some of the approach piers have been encased in newer concrete. However, the overall art deco look of several of the main piers still provides something of a cathedral effect when underneath the bridge.
According to McKeown, Green River has always been important to
McKeown’s dad, Ivan Allen, worked on construction of this bridge and was offered a job with the company building the bridge to continue work with them, but chose to remain in
From the History of Rockport and Echols book by Shirley Watson Smith:
The Rivers and Harbors Bill, passed in 1889 in
The Kentucky Department of Highways in October, 1938, began accepting bids to build the current
During construction on Nov. 17, 1939, Mr. Basil J. Hobin, 34, was killed while working on the bridge. A foreman was directing workmen hoisting piles, when a cable broke, knocking him over and crushing him between a pile and trip hammer housing. It was to have been his last day of work on this job, as he and his family were returning to their home in
Also, during construction, Mr. & Mrs. Ray Tilford had a daughter born May 24, 1939, and named her Emily Bridgeyear Tilford.
So the early contributions to the area's economy by the Henry Stom family at Hopewell Ferry, Hugh Carter who established Rockport Ferry circa 1817 and Richard Morton establishing a ferry in 1800 at Ceralvo, continue with transportation link provided by the
The Rockport bridge was a technological marvel at the time of construction. Pictures of the art deco style piers are available at the
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet currently has a work zone lane restriction for painting and maintenance on the U.S. 62 Green River “Rockport” Bridge at the Ohio-Muhlenberg County Line. The work will continue into the new year.