Eggners Ferry Bridge Collapse
Eggners Ferry Bridge
Information and photos courtesy Keith Todd, KYTC District
Contracting of Kentucky continues to make progress on
construction of a new span for the US 68/KY 80 Eggners Ferry
Bridge at Aurora. Structural steel for the new span is
being assembled at the Lyon County Riverport at Eddyville.
Over the weekend, steelworkers assembled the flooring frame
of the new truss section, and partially assembled the deck
support structure. They were also able to place a lone
element of the upper truss. This morning the crew was
continuing to place and assemble steel flooring supports for
the 322 ft. replacement span. Once steel beams were
temporarily bolted into place, workers were going back to
complete the bolting process to permanently attached the
floor beams to the other structural elements.
After assembly of steel for the new truss span is complete,
it will be lifted onto a barge to be transported to the
Eggners Ferry Bridge site and placed on the existing piers.
The US 68/KY 80 Eggners Ferry Bridge has been closed
the evening of January 26th when the 8200 ton cargo ship
Delta Mariner slammed into the bridge and knocked a 322 ft.
span into Kentucky Lake.
Hall Contracting has a $7 million contract to replace the
missing span and reopen the bridge by Memorial Day weekend.
The goal is to restore the critical transportation link at
the western entrance to the Land Between The Lakes National
Recreation Area in time for the summer tourism season in
Kentucky s Western Lakes Region.
The company hopes to have the new span assembled and ready
to transport to the bridge site by sometime next week.
Once the replacement span is placed on the existing piers,
the company will pour a concrete deck on the structure.
The concrete will then have to cure several days before
traffic can be fully restored.
Hall Contracting faces a $50,000 penalty for each day the
company goes beyond the May 27th deadline for restoring
traffic on the bridge. The Eggners Ferry Bridge
normally carries about 2,600 vehicles across Kentucky Lake
each day at the Marshall-Trigg County Line between Aurora
The Eggners Ferry Bridge was opened to traffic in 1931.
It was raised in 1946 when Kentucky Lane was impounded.
Efforts to construct a new bridge at the Eggners Ferry site
and a new bridge over Lake Barkley at Canton are now in