Almost a month after a cargo ship collision brought down part of the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge, area residents are still waiting to see what will be done to restore the crossing. State officials are considering a ferry service to move traffic across Kentucky Lake.
An inspection of the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge piers has revealed no major damage despite being hit by an 86 hundred ton cargo ship in January. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Mike Hancock says results of the emergency inspection were encouraging, and meant they were getting closer to repairing the damaged span. Governor Steve Beshear said during a press conference this week the KYTC is moving toward the use of a ferry service during the several months it will take to install a replacement span.
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says state officials are aggressively searching for options to accommodate traffic at the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge. The Governor says he expects inspection reports to be ready within the next couple of weeks to help clearly layout a timeline for whichever options are deemed best. He says though, at this point, it looks like one of the quickest options may be establishing a ferry service at the site:
Governor Steve Beshear will make an announcement Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. regarding the Eggners Ferry Bridge. The Governor will hold a press conference at the eastern section of the bridge. While details of the speech aren’t public, it is likely that Governor Beshear will address the future of that crossing at Kentucky Lake.
The Dorena-Hickman Ferry will delay service this morning until 9. Kentucky Transportation board spokesman Keith Todd cites an electrical issue at fault for the delay. He says the problem should be addressed quickly.