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KYTC Responds to NTSB Letter Implications

Jul 30, 2012

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.

US Drought Monitor

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will waive special registration and permit requirements for vehicles carrying drought relief supplies such as water and livestock forage to stricken areas.

Bridge to Re-Open Today

May 24, 2012
KYTC

The U.S. 68/KY U.S. 68/KY 80 Eggners Ferry Bridge repairs have been completed and state officials have sent word the span is to be reopened today.

9:00 UPDATE

As Kentucky Transportation officials and contractors finalize work to re-open the Eggners Ferry Bridge today, the span will be open to pedestrian and bike traffic beginning this morning at nine.  KYTC spokesman Keith Todd says anyone visiting the bridge should park off of the roadway and will still need to be careful as crews continue clean-up and finishing work.  There is an event scheduled for noon in the middle of the new span, and visitors will need to be off the bridge by 1 p.m.  Officials are hoping to have the crossing open to vehicle traffic at that time.  Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says he’s pleased repairs will be completed ahead of the May 27th deadline and by a Kentucky company.

Hall Contracting successfully moved a replacement span for the US 68/KY 80 Eggners Ferry Bridge from an assembly area onto a barge today.  The 4-hour transfer of the 300 ton steel truss was the first step toward getting the new span moved to the bridge.

Bridge Span Will Make Trip Up River In Coming Days

May 9, 2012
KYTC

Engineers are optimistic they will be able to load and move the replacement span of the Eggners Ferry Bridge  by barge on Friday or Saturday, but contractors note there are still plenty of details to work through.

From the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet:

Hall Contracting of Kentucky reports the initial phase of steel assembly as part of efforts to place a new span on the US 68/KY 80 Eggners Ferry Bridge at Aurora is nearing completion.

Hearings continue today in the US Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board investigation into the late January allision of the cargo ship Delta Mariner into the Eggners Ferry Bridge.

Bridge Collapse Hearings: Day Two

Apr 17, 2012
Alan Reed / Pools Photographer/Paducah Sun

On the second day of hearings on the January 26th Eggners Ferry Bridge accident, Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board questioned workers involved in the elision involving a Foss Maritime cargo ship and the bridge connecting Aurora to Land Between the Lakes.  U.S. Coast Guard Court Recorder Nick Parham says as they investigate the causes of the crash, officials could discover that decisions made by multiple people led to the crash:

State Auditor Adam Edelen says the first phase of a state audit found problems with reviews of bridge inspection reports conducted by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Of 40 reports tested by auditors, 8 were not reviewed. KYTC spokesman Chuck Wolfe says most of the un-reviewed reports came from an eastern Kentucky district, where personnel shortages had led to a buildup of pending reviews.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials say bidding for building contracts for a new Mayfield Creek KY 1241 Leeder Bottom bridge could begin as soon as April. KYTC Engineers say the project is in the final design phase. Inspectors closed the bridge last April after floods damaged a pier. And the bridge collapsed in June before repair plans could be formulated. Engineers believe if everything stays on schedule and plans are approved as developed, construction on a new bridge could start sometime in June, and it could be opened to traffic raising the likelihood by the end of the year.

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