Contractors are still on track to finish debris removal from the Eggners Ferry Bridge crash site despite delays from heavy winds from Hurricane Sandy. Contractors are working seven days a week on Kentucky Lake to bring up pieces of steel and concrete that fell into the water when the cargo ship Delta Mariner destroyed part of the bridge in January. Crews had expected to complete work by the end of November.
Contractors are removing debris from the Eggners Ferry Bridge crash site. Accident debris has remained at the bottom of Kentucky Lake since January, when the cargo ship Delta Mariner rammed the bridge, knocking out one section. Delta Mariner owner Foss Maritime has hired contractors to pull pieces of steel and concrete from the lake bed and transport it to Bailey Port, Inc., in Calvert City.
A salvage contractor plans to begin removing debris tomorrow from around the Eggners Ferry Bridge crash site. U. S. Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Jason Franz says equipment moved into place last night, and staging continues today. Motor vessel Delta Mariner smashed into the bridge earlier this year, splitting one section. Franz says accident debris has remained at the bottom of Kentucky Lake since then.
A drilling crew has finished geotechnical work at the site of the new Kentucky Lake bridge. KYTC spokesman Keith Todd says the drilling rig finished collecting soil and rock samples from planned pier locations yesterday.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet hopes to complete this week what could be the last round of geotechnical work at the new Kentucky Lake bridge site. A drilling rig has been on site over the last few weeks gathering data on bridge pier placement. KYTC spokesman Keith Todd says drilling should finish this week.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials say parts of a National Transportation Safety Board letter regarding bridge lighting are misleading. The NTSB sent the letter to Gov. Steve Beshear last week recommending the state develop bridge lighting inspection plans and training. The letter also outlined reports that the lights on the Eggners Ferry Bridge over Kentucky Lake were out a month before a cargo ship hit the bridge.