Bridge Day Event Scheduled for New Eggners Ferry Bridge on Wednesday, August 31
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has scheduled a Bridge Day Event on the New US 68/KY 80 Eggners Ferry Bridge at Aurora for Wednesday, August 31, 2016.
At this time two-way traffic is running on what will become the westbound lanes of the new bridge. Before the bridge is fully opened to 4-lane traffic, the public is being invited to walk along the unopened eastbound lanes of the new bridge from 8:00 a.m., to Noon, CDT, on Wednesday.
At 12 noon there will be a brief ribbon cutting ceremony in the center of the bridge. The deck will be then be cleared of pedestrians and the bridge opened to 4-lane traffic around 1:00 p.m.
KYTC District 1 spokesperson Keith Todd says the event will be similar to the Bridge Day held when the Old Eggners Ferry Bridge reopened after being struck by the Cargo Ship Delta Mariner in 2012.
"We’re asking everyone to park at the Fenton Access Area in LBL, then walk along the shoulder to access the bridge deck. Be sure to wear your walking shoes to get a close up look at the new bridge," Todd said.
Trail connections for the multi-use walkway along the bridge are still under construction. There will be a separate opening event for the trail when it is fully finished in about 6 to 8 weeks.
Johnson Brothers Construction, a Southland Company, is the prime contractor on the $133 million New Eggners Ferry Bridge.