Governor Steve Beshear was at the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge this morning and announced plans to replace the 322 foot long missing span which was knocked out by a cargo vessel in a collision on January 26th.
There will still eventually be a new bridge to take motorists across Kentucky Lake at the Trigg-Marshall County line, but traffic can resume quicker by repairing the current structure.
The Governor says the safety of the remaining structure has to be determined and some new temporary support piers may have to be drilled in, but that a temporary span is the best solution to get traffic across as soon as possible.
In the meantime, the Governor says the state is working on getting a ferry service across Kentucky Lake.
The ferry would only be able to carry a fraction of the 2,600 cars that normally went across the bridge on a normal day. Motorists are now taking detours of over a half hour to cross the largest manmade lake in North America. There is no timetable on how long it may take to install the temporary span.