Governor breaks ground on new Lake Barkley Bridge

An old bridge many people avoid is now in the process of being replaced. Gov. Steve Beshear helped break ground on the future Lake Barkley Bridge Wednesday.

“I have been looking forward to this day for a long time,” Beshear said.

The $128.3 million bridge is part of the Lake Bridges Project that's also replacing the Eggners Ferry Bridge.

“When we get both of these finished we are going to have a signature gateway into the lakes region here in West Kentucky,” Beshear said.

The governor says modern bridges for both Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake have been badly needed for many years.

“They've served us well for a long, long, time, but they have long since ceased to meet design standards for modern volumes and types of traffic,” Beshear said.

Lake Barkley's four-lane bridge will allow traffic on U.S. 68/Kentucky 80 over Lake Barkley. It serves as the eastern entrance to Land Between the Lakes.

It'll also have a pedestrian and bicycle path, which will be convenient for anyone who enjoys bicycling or running in Land Between Lakes.

The project is making local leaders like Trigg County Judge Executive Hollis Alexander thrilled to finally see construction.

“It’s something that we've anticipated for quite some time. We feel like it’s going to bring some economic opportunities to us as well as a safer tourist travel corridor,” Hollis said.

Bringing more opportunities for an area that sees a lot of tourism.

The bridge is expected to open by October 2017. If all goes well, the new Eggners Ferry Bridge will open to traffic in December.

Once the Lake Bridges Project is completed it'll provide a continuous, four-lane route from Aurora to Cadiz, crossing both lakes. 

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