Traffic expected to be moved to new U.S. 68/KY 80 Lake Barkley Bridge on Monday

CANTON, KY — Two lane traffic is expected to move to the new U.S. 68/KY 80 Lake Barkley Bridge at Canton from the old Lake Barkley Bridge on Monday, February 12.

Winter weather has put a hamper on diamond grinding of the bridge deck, concrete finish work and tensioning of the deck support cables. But engineers are confident that the final preparations will be done by Monday.

One lane of traffic will be moved over to the new bridge around mid-morning on Monday. Crews will then need time to complete traffic striping and move traffic barricades before the other lane of traffic is moved.

Once the traffic is moved, work will begin on demolition of the old Lake Barkley Bridge. Right now, demolition of the bridge by explosives is expected sometime in late March or in April.

Construction of a a multi-use path, painting of the main arch steel, and other finish work will continue after two-way traffic is established on the new bridge. That work is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Both bridges carry traffic across Lake Barkley/Cumberland River.

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