Eggners Ferry Bridge Collapse
Bridge Span Moved To Barge
May 10, 2012 - Photos and information courtesy Keith
Todd, KYTC District 1
Contracting successfully moved a replacement span for the US
68/KY 80 Eggners Ferry Bridge from an assembly area onto a
barge today. The 4-hour transfer of the 300 ton steel
truss was the first step toward getting the new span moved
to the bridge.
The loading process moved in fractions of an inch at times.
Some observers suggested it was like pouring molasses.
Workers used huge wooden beams to construct wooden pads to
support the weight of the truss and the two massive cranes
used to move it.
Efforts now turn to building a ramp that will allow the
cranes to be moved onto a barge so they can be transported
with the truss to the bridge site. Hall Engineers
indicate moving the cranes from land to barge may actually
be more difficult than moving the replacement span from land
With the amount of work required to load the cranes,
engineers are now saying it may be Saturday or Sunday before
they can have the replacement span and the equipment
required to lift it ready for the 30-mile trip by water to
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd says
officials understand there is wide public interest in the
span. However, curiosity about the project created a
traffic hazard today when several people pulled off the
roadway along Interstate 24 overlooking the Eddyville
Riverport. He is urging everyone who wants to watch
the span being transported to be safety-minded.
There are a number of locations where you can safely watch
the replacement span move down the lake, Todd said.
We re recommending the park at Old Kuttawa or the parking
area along the LBL Canal off KY 453/The Trace. There
may also be some overlooks along the Canal Loop Trail that
would provide a good vantage point to watch the span pass
Todd says motorists and pedestrians should not attempt to
view the span from the Canal Bridge on KY 453.
The Canal Bridge is not a safe place for pedestrians.
The bridge provides an important link at the northern
entrance to Land Between The Lakes, so we have to maintain
traffic flow. We are asking law enforcement to take
appropriate action to assure that traffic can move across
the bridge at all times, Todd noted. We re asking
the public to use common sense and avoid actions that might
create a traffic hazard that will endanger themselves or
Highway officials are also asking boaters to stay away from
the span as it is transported down the lake to avoid
interfering with the operation.
Once the steel truss arrives at the bridge, weather
conditions will dictate how quickly it can be lifted into
place on the awaiting piers. After it is positioned,
workers will immediately start placing forms and reinforcing
steel required to pour a new concrete deck on the new
section, a process that could take 10 days to two weeks to
complete. Concrete on the new deck will then need
several days to cure before traffic can be fully restored at
The US 68/KY 80 Eggners Ferry Bridge has been closed since
January 26th when the 8200 ton cargo ship Delta Mariner
slammed into the bridge and knocked a single 322 ft. span
into Kentucky Lake.