Eggners Ferry Bridge Collapse
New Span in Place; Deck Work Well Underway
May 17, 2012 - Photos and information courtesy Keith
Todd, KYTC District 1 (Photos Below)
Construction workers continue to swarm the new span on
the US 68/KY 80 Eggners Ferry Bridge at Aurora. With
the new span set in place on Monday, workers have made
significant progress in their effort to place forms and
reinforcing steel required to allow a new concrete deck to
be poured on the structure.
This morning Hall Contracting indicated that they expect the
span to be open as scheduled by May 27th. Work on the
new deck has intensified as workers focus on meeting the
Memorial Day deadline for restoring traffic. That has
prompted Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) officials to
limit access to the bridge to essential personnel only.
KYTC inspectors who monitor construction activities say they
believe the new deck could be ready for concrete to be
poured as early as Monday. However, there are any
number of issues that could impact progress, including the
A KYTC electrical crew is continuing work along the bridge
to prepare for completion of the new span. Required
electrical work will include addition of conduit to the new
portion of the structure. Power for the bridge
originally came from the LBL/Trigg County side. After
the 322 ft. span was knocked off the bridge by the Cargo
Ship Delta Mariner on January 26th, electric power to the
bridge had to be temporarily re-routed to come from the
Marshall County or western end of the structure. As
part of the restoration of the missing span, electric power
will again be supplied from the LBL end.
Once a new deck is poured on the replacement span, KYTC
construction inspectors will check the concrete to assure it
is of proper strength. Once the contractor completes
the pouring of concrete, KYTC bridge inspectors will check
and document the new span. Transportation Cabinet
engineers say they plan to have enough inspectors on hand to
complete the required safety checks in a few hours.
The new deck is designed to closely match the existing 22
ft. wide deck on the rest of the 81 year old structure.
Hall Contracting of Louisville has a $7 million contract to
replace the missing span and get the bridge reopened to
traffic by Memorial Day weekend.
The bridge serves as the western entrance to The Land
Between The Lakes National Recreation Area providing a key
transportation link for the tourism industry in Kentucky s
15-county Western Lakes Region. According to
Kentucky s Western Waterland, a regional tourism promotion
group, tourism dollars provide a direct annual contribution
of $472 million to the region and a direct contribution of
$7.4 billion to the Kentucky economy statewide.
First five photos show span placement from Monday,
courtesy Keith Todd. Other photos are from today.