Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews are performing maintenance work on the remaining spans of Eggners Ferry Bridge, according to a news release.

A construction project will soon begin to replace the 322-foot span knocked out by a cargo vessel on Jan. 26.  

The maintenance work includes rail replacement and deck patching. KYTC District 1 Chief Engineer Jim LeFevre said an inspection of the bridge following the crash identified a number of routine maintenance projects that could be completed before construction started on a new span.  

"Our District 1 bridge crew has been working to make spot repairs to the bridge decking before the contractor arrives," LeFevre said. "We have a guardrail contractor starting work to replace and repair several sections of tube railing along the bridge deck. Our goal is to reduce the need for lane restrictions on the bridge once it reopens to traffic."

Hall Contracting of Kentucky was awarded a $7 million emergency contract to replace the span. The contract requires them to complete the span by Memorial Day.  

Highway crews will install lighting and allow AT&T to replace communication cable severed in the crash once construction is completed, the release stated. The additional work will require lane restrictions.  

"The work we are doing now will keep lane restrictions to a minimum," LeFevre said.  

KYTC Spokesman Keith Todd said a date has not been set for the start of construction. Engineers are finalizing plans required for fabrication of steel for the new span. Hall Contracting plans to run a crew of about 40 around the clock to meet the May 27 deadline, the release stated.  

     The deck-patching work is primarily on the remaining truss spans and along the approach spans on the Trigg County end of the bridge. LeFevre expects most of the maintenance work to be finished within a week.  

 

     Reach Dennis O'Neil at 270-887-3237 or doneil@kentuckynewera.com.

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