Lake Barkley bridge

4:00 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Archaeological Dig Yields Artifacts Near New Lake Barkley Bridge

Rob Canning

University of Kentucky archaeologists are finishing their dig at a prehistoric Native American campsite on the edge of Lake Barkley in Canton. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet found the site during land analysis for a new bridge.

Lead Archaeologist Mickey Loughlin said this site ranks high in importance on a 1-10 scale.

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4:27 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Against Residents’ Wishes 250-Year-Old Burr Oak Tree Cut Down On Lake Barkley Bridge Easement

Credit Paul Fourshee / Facebook

A rare burr oak tree in Canton was cut down this weekend to make way for the new Lake Barkley bridge, upsetting some Trigg County residents.

They had worked with Judge-Executive Hollis Alexander to save the 250 year old tree. But Alexander says the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet ultimately had to cut down the tree for the project.

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8:22 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Lake Barkley Bridge One Lane This Morning


The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is restricting the US 68/KY 80 Lake Barkley Bridge at Canon in Trigg County to one lane this morning. The restriction is to allow the contractor to access the top of the bridge to continue maintenance and inspection work from earlier in the week. The bridge will be restricted to one lane for about 2 hours beginning at 9:30 AM. Delays should be no more than 5 minutes.

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6:40 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Lake Barkley Bridge Briefly Closes after Barge Strike

Credit Tripp124 / flickr

The US 68/KY 80 Lake Barkley Bridge at Canton was closed briefly over the weekend after it was struck by a coal barge.

The United States Coast Guard asked for the bridge to be closed early Sunday morning, but it was then re-opened after a Kentucky Transportation Cabinet inspector spent about an hour checking the bridge for signs of damage. No damage was found.

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2:17 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Governor Beshear Breaks Ground for Murray's Career Center

Governor Steve Beshear and community leaders break ground for Murray's new Career Center.
Credit Allison Crawford

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear stopped in Murray and Marshall County today to call attention to a new career center in Murray and to formally break ground on the ongoing Kentucky Lake Bridge project.

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3:13 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Drilling Begins for New Bridge over Lake Barkley

Proposed Basket-Handle Tied Arch Bridge

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet expects workers to begin drilling this afternoon at the site of the new US 68/KY 80 bridge across Lake Barkley.

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1:43 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Ky. Road Plan Includes $368M for Jackson Purchase

UPDATED: 3:10 p.m.

The six-year Kentucky road plan that awaits Gov. Steve Beshear’s signature contains more than $368 million in funding for projects in the Jackson Purchase.

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12:28 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Tri-County Chamber Alliance Plans $3 Million Lake Barkley Renovation


A $3 million renovation for Lake Barkley State Park is among the legislative priorities for the Southern Pennyrile Chamber Alliance in 2014.  Trigg, Christian and Todd make up the chamber alliance.

Christian County Judge Executive Steve Trimble said the facelift to the Lake Barkley campground and lodge is something the alliance has been working towards for several years.

“Obviously, as you well know, LBL is our state’s number one tourism draw,  over a million people come in there each year," said Trimble. "Tourism obviously is very big in Trigg County and, you know the lodge appearance through the year is kinda, there’s been some renovation, but it’s still kinda worn and outdated.”

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Roads & Highways
8:32 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Barkley Bridge Lights Out

Credit Tripp124 / flickr

An electrical crew is checking navigational lights on the Lake Barkley Bridge at Canton this morning after the lights were reported to be out Tuesday.  Commercial traffic in the area was alerted after the outage was called in to the U.S. Coast Guard.

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