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Engineers working with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet are planning more dynamic road tests to gauge the strength of the Lagoon Bridge which will eventually replace the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge over Kentucky Lake.  The first was conducted last Friday, halting traffic across the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge for about half an hour. KYTC Spokesman Keith Todd said at least three more tests are planned.  They consist of placing hundreds of tons of weight on top of pilings at the lake’s bottom and detonating an explosive charge to measure their integrity.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to stop traffic on the US 68/KY 80 Eggner's Ferry Bridge across Kentucky Lake at 3 PM this afternoon for about 10 to 15 minutes. The halt is to allow a load test, part of construction work on the new Eggner's Ferry Bridge.  For the test, the contractor has placed several hundred tons of weight on top of a piling for the Lagoon Bridge.  An explosive charge will be detonated which will cause the load to bounce.  Data gathered from sensors on the piling will be used in the design of footers for the main bridge piers. The Eggner's Ferry Bridge serves as the western entrance to Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area.

Bridge Lawsuits Heat Up Following NTSB Hearing

May 22, 2013
Chad Lampe

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is moving forward in filing against the owners of the ship responsible for collapsing a span of the Eggners Ferry Bridge last year.

Foss Maritime’s ship the Delta Mariner crashed into the bridge that spans Kentucky Lake in January 2012. Foss faces a possible $7.1 million claim from the KyTC for the cleanup and repair costs. The claim is in response to the company's initial lawsuit to avoid damages.

The National Transportation Safety Board says the January 2012 allision between the cargo ship the Delta Mariner and the Eggners Ferry Bridge resulted from poor bridge span lighting and crew inattention to available navigational tools. The ship sheared off a 300 foot span of the bridge that crosses Kentucky Lake. No one was injured. 


Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews are taking the first step toward replacing the Eggners Ferry Bridge by clearing brush ahead of constructing a secondary bridge to span a lagoon adjacent to Kentucky Lake.

Eggner’s Ferry Bridge remains open and undamaged this morning after a barge broke loose from its mooring upstream from the bridge this weekend.

Kentucky State Police closed the bridge that crosses the Kentucky Lake and Tennessee River between Marshall and Trigg counties briefly Saturday afternoon until the runaway barge was recaptured. Boat crews retrieved the barge about a mile upstream from the bridge.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet restricts traffic to one lane on Eggners Ferry Bridge Friday. The lane closure is to allow crews to patch the roadway on the bridge deck.

U. S. Coast Guard investigators hope to release findings by the end of the year from an investigation into the Eggners Ferry Bridge crash. The motor vessel Delta Mariner knocked out one section of the bridge in January. Lead investigator Lieutenant Jaime Salinas says the report is going through its final in-office reviews. It will then go to the district commander for review. Salinas says the report will include safety recommendations, and suggest reprimands and commendations.

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.