Two lane traffic move to new Eggners Ferry Bridge expected Friday
AURORA, KY —
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says it expects two-lane traffic to move to the new U.S. 68/Kentucky 80 Eggners Ferry Bridge on Friday, April 8.
While work continues to prepare for the move, KYTC spokesman Keith Todd says engineers are reasonably confident preparations can be finished by Friday.
Todd says traffic will be allowed onto the new bridge once several items are complete. Crews have worked around the clock to finish items including pouring concrete barrier walls, inspecting the tensioning of the deck support cables and diamond grinding of the bridge deck. Shifting traffic to the new bridge will let officials develop a timeline for the demolition of the old Eggners Ferry Bridge.
The U.S. Coast Guard has requested the main spans of the existing structure be removed as quickly as possible once the traffic shift to the new structure is completed, Todd says, because of an offset of the navigation channel between structures.
A multi-use path will be built and other finish work will continue along the eastbound lanes while the new bridge is open to two-way traffic on what will become the westbound lanes. Todd says the remaining work is expected to be completed by the end of this year.