Eggners Ferry Bridge Collapse
Engineering work underway
for contractor on Eggners Ferry Bridge repair
Engineers working out details for steel production
Press Release from KYTC - March
AURORA, Ky. The contractor hired by the Kentucky
Transportation Cabinet to replace a missing span on the US
68/KY 80 Eggners Ferry Bridge at Aurora has started detailed
engineering and design work required for production of steel
needed for the repair.
A 322-foot span was knocked off the bridge on the evening of
Jan. 26, when struck by the 8,200-ton cargo ship Delta
Mariner. The crash severed an important link in the region s
Hall Contracting of Kentucky was the low bidder for a
contract to build a replacement span and reopen the bridge
by May 27 on Memorial Day weekend in time to save the
summer tourism season that is crucial to the economy of the
Jackson Purchase and lower Pennyrile regions.
Hall Contracting Vice-President Tom Roberts says his
engineers are working out final details to allow steel to be
fabricated to replace the missing span.
We haven t progressed to a point where the steel can be
poured yet, but we are making progress, Roberts said.
The steel has not been manufactured, but we ll be working
with the Transportation Cabinet to keep the public updated
as the process advances toward fabrication.
Roberts indicated that the raw steel will be manufactured,
then shipped to the company s in-house fabrication facility
to be prepared for assembly.
Once we have taken delivery of the steel we expect it to be
drilled and fabricated at our facility in Louisville, piece
by piece. The steel will then be shipped to a site
near the bridge where it will be prepared for final
assembly, Roberts said.
In a surprise announcement on March 8, Gov. Steve Beshear
announced that Hall Contracting of Kentucky had been awarded
a $7 million contract to replace the missing span with a
requirement that the work be completed by Memorial Day.
The bridge is a key link for tourism in the Kentucky-Barkley
Lakes Region. It serves as the western entrance to the
Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area which is
among the region s major attractions. According to
figures from 2011, direct expenditures by tourists
contributed $454 million to the 15 counties of Kentucky s
Western Lakes Region. The U.S. 68/KY 80 Eggners Ferry
Bridge on average carries about 2,650 vehicles per day.