Federally-protected ospreys are slowing the demolition of the old Eggner’s Ferry Bridge over Kentucky Lake.
The new bridge opened to two-lane traffic last month and the U.S. Coast Guard has asked the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to expedite the demolition process due to an offset between the main navigation channels of the two bridges. But KYTC spokesman Keith Todd says the contractor was unable to keep the birds from laying eggs on the 84-year-old structure.
“They have actually put down eggs on the bare steel atop the truss of the old bridge," Todd said. "That has created a number of issues similar to what we had last year.”
The birds held up construction on the new $133 million bridge around this time last year.
Todd says the possible presence of gray bats underneath the old bridge is also slowing work.
Determining if the eggs are viable could take weeks or months, according to the KYTC.