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Eggners Ferry Bridge to Reopen Ahead of Schedule

Officials say western Kentucky’s Eggners Ferry Bridge will reopen Friday, two-and-a-half days ahead of schedule.

The bridge, which carries US 68 and KY 80 traffic across Kentucky Lake, has been closed since it was struck by a cargo ship on January 26.

Crews have been conducting emergency repairs on the 80 year old span. The incident forced some motorists to take a long detour around the closure.

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Eggners Ferry Bridge To Be Repaired By Memorial Day, Says Beshear

Using the same contractor that repaired I-64 Sherman Minton Bridge in Louisville, Gov. Steve Beshear announced Thursday the award of an emergency agreement to repair and reopen the damaged Eggners Ferry Bridge over Kentucky Lake by Memorial Day weekend.

From the governor’s office:

The contract, with a low bid of $7 million, was awarded by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) to Hall Contracting of Kentucky Inc. – the company that last month completed repairs ahead of schedule to reopen the Interstate-64 Sherman Minton Bridge in Louisville.

The Eggners Ferry Bridge, which carries U.S. 68 and KY 80 across Kentucky Lake between Marshall and Trigg counties in western Kentucky, has been closed since the night of Jan. 26, when a cargo vessel struck and tore away a 322-foot-long span of the 80-year-old bridge.

“Since the night the bridge was struck and the highway was severed, we have worked with one thought in mind – to get this bridge repaired and Route 68/80 reopened as quickly as possible,” Gov. Beshear said. “We have never lost sight of the damage that the loss of this bridge is doing to area businesses and the toll it has taken, in time and fuel costs, on folks who have been forced into long detours to get from one side of the lakes to the other.”