eggners ferry bridge

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.

Chad Lampe

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.

Drilling Work Finished at New Bridge Site

Aug 3, 2012
KYTC / Keith Todd

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.