Clay County is known as “land of the swinging bridges”, but they’re having problems with their other bridges. A state inspection by the Kentucky Department of Transportation revealed 16 bridges in the county were unsafe. A state of emergency has now been declared in the county in hopes of helping solve the problem. Clay County’s Judge Executive, Johnny Johnson, declared the state of emergency this week. David Watson, the county’s emergency management director, says these bridges have been worn down over time. The weight limits on the bridges have been lowered. That makes it safe for some small vehicles, but bigger vehicles like school buses now face a new problem. Watson says buses now have to take extra routes and families have to wait longer or drive a further distance to catch the bus. Most of the bridges cost between $500,000 and $1 million to rebuild, four of them cost $1.5 to $2 million. Watson says even if they had the money now they’re still looking at six months to a year just in design and construction. Officials are hoping money from the state will allow more bridges to be repaired.