Work begins on Lake Bridges Project in western Kentucky
AURORA, Ky. - Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear announced the beginning of work on a project to build two bridges in western Kentucky.
The first phase of the project involves construction of the new Lagoon Bridge. Once completed, the bridge will serve as an approach to a new, four-lane bridge that will replace the aging Eggners Ferry Bridge.
The Lagoon Bridge project, which includes construction of causeways on both sides of Kentucky Lake, is expected to cost about $24 million.
The governor's office says the bridges will "form a gateway to the Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area."
“Construction of the Lagoon Bridge is a giant step toward realization of a long-held dream for the Jackson Purchase and Pennyrile regions – replacement bridges for both the Eggners Ferry Crossing on Kentucky Lake and the bridge over Lake Barkley at Canton,” Gov. Beshear said.
The contract with the prime contractor, Jim Smith Construction LLC, allows 420 calendar days for completion of the bridge.
The entire U.S. 68 corridor reconstruction, including the bridges project, is expected to be complete by late 2017.