Repairs continue on track
for Eggners Ferry Bridge to reopen by Memorial Day weekend
May 23, 2012 - AURORA, Ky.
Repairs to the U.S. 68/KY 80 Eggners Ferry Bridge continue
on track for reopening of the bridge in time for the
Memorial Day weekend.
Today, a Hall Contracting crew continued curb finishing work
along the replacement span deck and installation of
guardrail along the new driving surface. They also
continued work to remove some of the wooden forms used to
pour the decking and curbs. Testing of samples taken
during the concrete pour have shown all concrete used for
the deck to exceed state strength specifications.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) crews have continued
placing conduit on the bridge. On Thursday, a team of
KYTC bridge inspectors will conduct a detailed inspection of
the new span.
The Eggners Ferry Bridge crosses Kentucky Lake between
Marshall and Trigg counties. A 322-foot span of the bridge
was destroyed when struck by an 8200 ton cargo ship on the
night of Jan. 26. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
(KYTC) awarded an emergency contract for the repair project
to Hall Contracting. The contract specifies a deadline of
Sunday, May 27, for completion of repairs and reopening the
bridge to traffic.
KYTC District 1 Chief Engineer Jim LeFevre said work remains
on schedule to allow the bridge to open ahead of the
Midnight Sunday deadline for restoring traffic.
However, the bridge continues to be a busy place.
We continue to be optimistic the remaining finish work will
be completed ahead of schedule, LeFevre said.
However, at this point, it is difficult to predict a
specific day and time for restoring traffic. We will
continue to monitor progress on all fronts and will make an
announcement as soon as possible.
LeFevre said any number of additional issues could hamper
progress on the bridge, including the weather.
When the 8,200-ton Delta Mariner knocked out the span on
January 26th, electrical power to the structure from the
Trigg County side was knocked out. Within days after
the incident, KYTC crews had temporarily rerouted power to
the bridge from the Marshall County side. To help
avoid delaying the restoration of traffic, KYTC engineers
plan to leave the power source at the west end of the
We want to thank Pennyrile Rural Electric Cooperative and
the West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative for their
cooperation, LeFevre said. Both of PRECC and WKRECC
have provided a great service to the people of the region by
working out an agreement and providing assistance that has
helped us restore and maintain power to the bridge.
In addition to serving as the western entrance to The Land
Between The Lakes National Recreation Area, the US 68/KY 80
Eggners Ferry Bridge provides a key transportation link for
area commuters and for tourism in Kentucky s 15-county
Western Lakes Region.
According to officials with the Kentucky Western Waterland
regional tourism organization, tourism dollars make a direct
annual contribution of $472 million to the region and $7.4
billion to the Kentucky s statewide economy.