Time frame set for opening of new Eggners Ferry Bridge
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has announced the time frame when it plans to move two-lane traffic to the new U.S. 68/Kentucky 80 Eggners Ferry Bridge on Friday.
KYTC spokesman Keith Todd says it plans to move traffic to the new bridge between about 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday, April 8.
KYTC District 1 Chief Engineer Mike McGregor says the move will allow the contractor to start planning for demolition of the old bridge while finishing work on the new structure continues. "We think the new bridge could be ready for four-lane traffic by August," McGregor says in an announcement Wednesday.
This week, Todd says the contractor has been focused on finishing concrete barriers, installing guardrail end treatments, diamond grinding the deck driving surface, completing a final inspection of paint on the new structure and checking tension on the deck support cables. Lane striping will be one of the last tasks finished before traffic is diverted from the old bridge.
Todd says the contractor expects to start removing the deck from the old bridge as early as next week. An explosives team will also be at the site taking some preliminary measurements to help with the demolition planning process.
Due to an offset of the navigation channel from the new bridge to the old bridge, the U.S. Coast Guard has asked that the main spans of the old structure be removed as quickly as possible once the traffic move is finished.