Lake Barkley Bridge Lane Restriction Postponed

Mar 1, 2016

Lake Barkley Bridge
Credit Rob Canning / WKMS

Due to a high probability of rain, the KYTC scheduled one-lane restriction on the US 68/KY 80 Lake Barkley bridge has been postponed until Wednesday.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to restrict traffic to one lane on the US 68/KY 80 Lake Barkley Bridge at Canton today (Monday) and Tuesday.

The daytime lane restriction lasts from 10am to around 3:30pm on both days.

The restriction is to allow concrete deck patching work on the existing bridge.  Motorists should be alert for one lane traffic with alternating flow controlled by flaggers in the work zone. 

A crew will be back on the bridge later in the week for a short time to check on the repairs and remove plates used to protect the concrete while it cures. 

The US 68/KY 80 Cumberland River/Lake Barkley Bridge, also known as the Lawrence Memorial Bridge and the Canton Bridge, carries approximately 3,800 vehicles across Lake Barkley/The Cumberland River in an average day.  The bridge is serves as the eastern entrance to Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area.  

PCL Civil Construction of Denver has started construction of a new $128.3 million Lake Barkley Bridge immediately downstream from the existing structure.

The new Lake Barkley Bridge is expected to be open to traffic by October 2017.

It will be of a basket handle arch design to match the New Eggners Ferry Bridge over Kentucky Lake under construction at Aurora.