Old Eggners Ferry Bridge slated for demolition
It’s a bittersweet moment for Dewayne Cartmell as he stares out at the old Eggners Ferry Bridge, knowing that it’s slated for demolition.
"It brings back good memories and old, you know, bad memories but still, the bridge has been there for a long time," says Cartmell.
Cartmell remembers driving across the 85-year-old bridge in a school bus. He says the space was so tight, his side mirror got swiped off more than once.
Keith Todd, spokesman for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, says crews are already out getting the bridge ready for demolition. On Monday, they were measuring. Soon, he says, they’ll start to cut the concrete deck into pieces. Then crews will remove some of the sections with a crane.
"During that period, there will be an explosives crew that will be in and out of here doing some more survey work," says Todd.
Come early August, Todd says crews are hoping to have everything in place so they can demolish the old bridge.
Todd says after the implosion, crews will head into the water to collect the scraps so they can recycle the old Eggners Ferry Bridge.
Cartmell says he’s seen a few implosions on television, but this time, he plans to see it in person.
Todd says parameters will be set up to make sure there’s a clear zone of about 1,500. There’s no word yet on if you’ll be able to watch the implosion from a boat on the water.