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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 frame.
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 Bridge.
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 riverport.

Photo by Jennifer Dunnaway

Replicas of the Nina and Pinta occasionally dock at Green Turtle Bay. We snapped a photo of the masts of the Pinta last summer.