Governor pleased with Eggners Ferry Bridge repairs


Reporter - Robert Bradfield
Photojournalist - Chad Darnall

EDDYVILLE, Ky. — For the first time, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear got to see the steel that construction workers will put together like a puzzle and slide into place on the Eggners Ferry Bridge.

"You know it's a special day today because we're a little bit closer to getting that bridge reopen," Beshear said Tuesday.

Crews from Hall Construction are assembling the steel components at the Eddyville Riverport. Those parts will then be brought upriver and hoisted into place.

Beshear said things are coming together.

"This is just so important for the.people of this area, so important for the tourism industry, so important for the folks who commute every day to work and school," he said.

Project Manager Tom Roberts knows the task isn't easy, but he's determined to keep his word to get the bridge back open on time.

"We're committed to having the bridge finished and opened by Memorial Day, May 27," he said. "That's what we signed up for and that's what we will do."

And he's getting blessing from Beshear, who is impressed by what is taking place.

"We're excited about where we are so far," the governor said. "We're encouraged about the progress being made."