Drivers could use new Eggners Ferry bridge in 2 weeks
We have a timeline for the switch from the old Eggners Ferry bridge to the new one. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd says it will probably happen in the last week of March or the first couple of weeks of April.
The contractor is taking full advantage of the nice weather, hoping to meet that estimate. As long as things stay sunny and clear, they plan to open two lanes of traffic soon. That means traffic will stop on the old bridge. The cabinet and the contractor aren’t the only ones excited about the end date.
The wet county isn’t the only incentive for customers to go to Ron Jenkins’ bait shop in Marshall County. He’s preparing for news customers who’ll come over the new bridge.
"I think it will be just like opening a big set of doors," Jenkins said. He said the existing bridge is scary, and many of his customers agree.
"I’ve talked to a lot of people that come down 24, get on 641 down to 68 and come here," Jenkins said. "Because they don’t want to pull their boats across that bridge."
Todd says completion totally depends on weather. "The concrete pourer that we had yesterday was actually scheduled for Friday, so the rain has continued to push things back."
Concrete barriers in the median of the new bridge need to be built before two-lane traffic can happen. "Once they get all of that on, they will come back and retention the cables that hold the deck," Todd says.
After the two lane opens up, construction will continue on barriers and the multi-use trail. After the old bridge is vacated, imploding it will be a top priority. Todd says the Coast Guard wants it to be done as soon as possible.
The total project is $133 million. That estimate includes building a new bridge and tearing down the old Eggners Ferry bridge.
Crews have until the end of the year to wrap up the entire four-lane project.