eggners ferry bridge

Morning Cram
9:46 am
Tue April 17, 2012

the morning cram [everyone likes their own brand, don't they edition]

America is so full of hot gas, the world just can't take it.

NPR reports the natural gas boom in the US is so large, the market is having trouble absorbing it all

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Afternoon Update
4:46 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Afternoon Round-Up 4/16/12

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Today on NPR: What happens in Vegas... gets you fired.

At a sometimes heated hearing today where members of the House got to express outrage about the excessive and wasteful spending by officials from the General Services Administration during a 2010 conference in Las Vegas, the man at the center of the scandal refused to testify.

And now... news from the Four Rivers Region:

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The Bridge
3:23 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Bridge Collapse Hearings: Day One

The first day testimonies in the Coast Guard’s Eggners Ferry Bridge hearing revolved around navigation lights. The hearing began yesterday and explored the causes of the January 26 incident involving a Foss Maritime cargo ship that collided with and collapsed a section of the bridge connecting Aurora to Land Between the Lakes.

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The Bridge
8:44 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Coast Guard Hearing on Bridge Begins

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The US Coast Guard will begin a formal hearing today to hear testimony regarding the collision between a cargo ship and the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge in late January. January 26th, the cargo ship Delta Mariner struck the span crossing Kentucky Lake causing portions to collapse. There were no deaths or injuries. Coast Guard officials say the purpose of the investigation is to examine the causes of the incident and make recommendations to help avoid similar incidents. It is not intended to determine civil or criminal responsibility.

Afternoon Update
4:27 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Afternoon Round-Up 4/10/12

Andreas Derleth of New Zealand was named Mr. Gay World 2012.

Today on NPR:  For The First Time, Mr. Gay World Crowned In Africa


Kentucky Legislation:

A commission tasked with coming up with elements of a new tax code for Kentucky held its second meeting in Frankfort today.

Jackson Purchase:

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The Bridge
4:22 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Bridge Prep Work Nearing Completion

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews are expected to finish work preparing the Eggners Ferry Bridge for repair work by early next week. Workers are replacing guard rails and removing concrete debris from the bridge deck ahead of a crew from Hall Contracting of Kentucky. Hall Contracting was hired in March to replace the 322-foot span of bridge which collapsed when the Delta Mariner cargo ship struck the bridge. KYTC spokesperson Keith Todd says the cabinet is hesitant to set dates for the repairs.

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Afternoon Update
5:03 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Afternoon Round-Up 4/04/12

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Today on NPR:  New York City's taxis are getting a face-lift. Updates include more legroom and a window in the roof for gazing at skyscrapers.

Around the Commonwealth:

The state Departments of Travel and Parks are sponsoring the Unbridled Spring program again, with a website that includes reports from parks across Kentucky.

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The Bridge
11:53 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Crews Scramble to Repair Eggner's Ferry Bridge

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Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews are working on the remaining spans of the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge ahead of the arrival contractors to replace a collapsed portion of the bridge.  Officials say they’re trying to complete routine repairs including railing replacement and repairs, as well as deck patching. KYTC Engineer Jim LeFevre says this will cut down on lane restrictions once the span is reopened. Hall Contracting of Kentucky Inc. was awarded a $7 million contract to replace the span which requires the company to have the bridge ready to reopen to traffic before Memorial Day.

The Bridge
3:10 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Federal Funds to Help Bridge Repairs

The US Department of Transportation will award a $9 million dollar grant to the Kentucky for repairs to the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge. Kentucky 1st District US Representative Ed Whitfield says the grant is authorized under the Emergency Relief program within the Federal Highway’s Administration. Whitfield says the money will help to restore the span crossing Kentucky Lake in a timely manner.  Governor Steve Beshear says repairs should be complete by the Memorial Day holiday weekend or the contractor performing repairs faces hefty fines. 

The Bridge
8:57 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Engineering Work Begins on Eggners Ferry Replacement Span

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The contractor hired by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to replace a missing span on the US 68/KY 80 Eggners Ferry Bridge at Aurora has started detailed engineering and design work required for production of steel needed for the repair.

 A 322-foot span was knocked off the bridge on the evening of Jan. 26, when struck by the 8,200-ton cargo ship Delta Mariner. The crash severed an important link in the region’s economy.

 Hall Contracting of Kentucky was the low bidder for a contract to build a replacement span and reopen the bridge by May 27 – on Memorial Day weekend .

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