Final preparations made before Lake Barkley bridge demolition

CANTON, KY — A big explosion is set for Wednesday to bring down the Lake Barkley bridge.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd says crews were working Tuesday to make sure everything is good to go for the demolition,

Those crews weren’t the only people hard at work. Over at Lake Barkley Marina, people made preparations of their own to watch the bridge come down.

Lake Barkley Marina General Manager Tammy Head said shining up a boat with a good power wash and scrub was a part of her preparations for the big day.

“This bridge has been here for several years, of course, since the lakes were done in 1968. This type of event won’t happen in our lifetime again, and it was something that was — him, the owner, being in the construction business — was very interested in actually seeing it happen,” Head said.

Ed Galbreath owns the house boat that will go out on the water. He said he was setting up to stay overnight so the boat can be in place to watch the explosion.

He said he’s glad he has a nice boat to watch the bridge explosion from.

“I wasn’t shopping for no boat, to be honest with you. They were auctioning it off, and I just happened to be walking by looking. Matter of fact, this is the only double-decker living boat I’ve seen on the lake,” Galbreath said.

A nice boat and a great view are two things Head is looking forward to Wednesday.

“I think all of us would like to see the big boom and stuff —just that everybody is safe and everything goes like the state wants it to go,” Head said.

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