Eggners Ferry Bridge project hits small snag, barge set to move Sunday


Reporter - Robert Bradfield
Photojournalist - David Dycus

MARSHALL COUNTY, Ky. — A hiccup in the Eggners Ferry Bridge project is slightly delaying the installation of a new span.  However, that's not stopping some people from preparing to watch a piece of history in the making. 

Hall Construction, the company hired to complete the project, said they need to better stabilize the footing of a ramp before the project moves forward.
They will haul in 700 tons of  rock to better move the cranes onto the barge at the Eddyville Riverport. 
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Spokesperson Keith Todd said that will likely delay the barge from getting to the bridge, but only slightly.  Todd said it will be Sunday morning at the earliest for the workers to load the cranes on the barge.  Only then can the span and the cranes move down river to the bridge itself. 
The deck construction process could take two weeks to complete.  Concrete on the new deck will then need several days to cure before the bridge reopens and there are places spectators can use to view the project.
Todd is recommending the park at Old Kuttawa or the parking area along the LBL Canal off of Kentucky 453.  He's asking drivers and pedestrians to avoid the Canal Bridge on Kentucky 453.  Boaters are also told not to interfere with the work and violators will be ticketed.