Eggners Ferry Bridge Collapse
Eggners Ferry Bridge Update
May 9, 2012 - Photos and information courtesy Keith
Todd, KYTC District 1
The level of construction activity continues to ramp up
at the Eddyville Riverport in Lyon County where Hall
Contracting of Kentucky is assembling steel for a new span
on the US 68/KY 80 Eggners Ferry Bridge at Aurora.
Engineers are optimistic they will be able to load and move
the span by barge on Friday or Saturday, but note there are
still plenty of details to work through.
Today, workers continued tightening and checking the 14,000
bolts required to connect beams that make up the 322 ft.
replacement truss. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
Inspectors were working alongside the assembly crew to run
safety-checks on a substantial number of the bolts to assure
they are properly secured.
One end of the 322 ft. long truss was rigged for lifting by
a crane. Workers were putting the finishing touches on
the rigging to assure a hanger being used for the lift was
properly secured to the bridge floor beams. As soon as
bolts on the opposite end of the truss are properly tourqued,
a crew will start preparations to attaching rigging required
for a second crane that will be needed to lift the steel
As it sits, the steel frame weighs about 200 tons.
Lifting that kind of weight and moving it onto a barge
requires a lot of detailed planning. Crane operators
spent the day checking and re-checking their equipment and
rigging. Meanwhile, Hall engineers are closely
monitoring weather and wind conditions critical to the move.
Engineers hope to be able to move the steel truss onto two
barges for a 30-mile trip by water down Lake Barkley,
through the LBL Canal, then up Kentucky Lake to Aurora
sometime Friday or Saturday. On arrival, the span will
be lifted onto the awaiting piers of the Eggners Ferry
Once the steel truss is in place on the bridge, workers will
immediately start placing forms and reinforcing steel
required to pour a new concrete deck on the new section.
The concrete will then need several days to cure before
traffic can be fully restored at the crossing.
Due to the intense level of work at the riverport, police
have secured the area as a safety measure. No
unauthorized personnel will be allowed to enter the