Lake Barkley bridge

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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to restrict traffic to one lane on the US 68/KY 80 Lake Barkley Bridge today. 

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Due to a high probability of rain, the KYTC scheduled one-lane restriction on the US 68/KY 80 Lake Barkley bridge has been postponed until Wednesday.

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Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, along with transportation cabinet officials and local leaders, ceremonially broke ground Wednesday on the new $128.3 million bridge at Lake Barkley - the second of the new four-lane bridges leading into Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.

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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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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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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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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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.

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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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.