Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear was at Kenlake State Park this morning, where he announced plans to repair the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge.
Governor Beshear says an emergency contract has been awarded to the same contractor that repaired the Sherman Minton Bridge in Louisville to repair the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge, which was severely damaged when the Delta Mariner Cargo Vessel knocked out two spans earlier this year.
A news release says the contract includes the repair of the structure, which is supposed to be re-opened by the Memorial Day weekend. The contract came in at a low bid of 7 million dollars to Hall Contracting of Kentucky—the same group that repaired the bridge over the Ohio River between Kentucky and Indiana on I-64.
The Transportation Cabinet gave serious consideration to using a ferry service in the meantime, but ultimately chose not to do so, according to the release. The bridge carried 2,700 cars on a daily basis and a ferry could only carry 40 per hour.