Governor Beshear reports on
progress of repairs to Eggners Ferry Bridge
Steel truss to be built
at Lyon County Riverport, barged to bridge site
EDDYVILLE, Ky. (April 24, 2012) Gov. Steve Beshear
today visited the site on which workers will assemble the
steel truss for a replacement span to repair and reopen the
damaged Eggners Ferry Bridge on Kentucky Lake.
Crews from Hall Contracting of Kentucky Inc. are fabricating
the steel components at the company s yard in Louisville and
shipping them to the Lyon County Riverport, outside
Eddyville, for assembly.
The completed truss will be transported by barge upriver to
the bridge site and hoisted into place. The company will
then construct a deck for the bridge. Under the company s
contract, the bridge is to be open to traffic no later than
May 27. The date was chosen to assure traffic is
restored in time for the summer tourism season which is
critically important to tourism in Western Kentucky s Lakes
We have been single-minded about repairing the Eggners
Ferry Bridge and restoring a traffic route that is critical
to Western Kentucky, Gov. Beshear said. It s encouraging
to know that, as a Kentucky company, Hall Contracting shares
our sense of urgency.
The bridge, which carries U.S. 68 and KY 80 across Kentucky
Lake between Marshall and Trigg counties, was knocked out of
service the night of Jan. 26, when a cargo vessel, the Delta
Mariner, crashed into and demolished a 322-foot span.
On March 8, Gov. Beshear announced that Hall Contracting,
based in Louisville, had been awarded a $7 million emergency
contract from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) to
build a replacement span. In designing its project, the
company had access to the bridge s original plans and
drawings, which date to 1930.
The bridge, built in 1932, is listed as functionally
obsolete and, like a similarly aged bridge on nearby Lake
Barkley, is scheduled for replacement by the KYTC. Meantime,
however, it serves as the western entrance to Land Between
the Lakes National Recreation Area and is the only span
across Kentucky Lake between Kentucky Dam and Paris Landing,
Tenn. Loss of the bridge has forced area residents and
visiting travelers into long detours to get from one side of
the lakes to the other.