Eggners Ferry Bridge Span Makes it Down

May 15, 2012

A replacement span for a collapsed portion of the US 68/KY 80 Eggners Ferry Bridge is now at the bridge site. A 3-barge flotilla took just over 5 hours yesterday to navigate the 30 miles from the Eddyville Riverport, down Lake Barkley, through the LBL Canal, and up Kentucky Lake. 

Engineers are optimistic cranes and barges can be positioned to allow the span to lift the span into place sometime today. A crew will then install reinforcing steel and concrete forms. This will allow workers to pour a new concrete deck on the structure sometime over the next 12 days. The bridge has been closed since January 26th when a cargo ship struck the span, knocking down a more than 300 feet of the structure. Contractors have until Memorial Day weekend to repair the bridge or face steep fines.