The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet now says it will likely be sometime today when the new span for the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge will be transported from the Eddyville Riverport to the bridge site.
A news release from Highway Department spokesman Keith Todd says workers are using excavators to construct a ramp required to move two cranes from the shore to a barge and they were slowed yesterday by a layer of “sub-surface mud.”
Several tons of rock were hauled in yesterday to reinforce the ramp. Crews are also placing steel plating and heavy wooden supports along the ramp to spread out the weight of the cranes.
With the delays, it could now be tomorrow before workers with Hall Construction will be able to use the cranes to lift the span into place at the bridge site. The deck construction could take up to ten days and it will then take several days for the poured concrete to cure to allow traffic to resume.
Todd said the contractor was running out of wiggle room to meet its Memorial Day Weekend goal last week and that task is beginning to look even more unlikely with the recent developments.
Hall contracting received a 7-million dollar contract to replace the span, which was knocked out by the Delta Mariner cargo vessel January 26th. The bridge carried an average of 26-hundred motorists across Kentucky Lake at the Trigg-Marshall County line each day.