Maintenance work is being done on the remaining spans of the Eggners Ferry Bridge to prepare it for eventual repair after one section was knocked out by a cargo vessel January 26th.
A news release from the State Highway Department says railing replacement, deck patching and other repairs are being made before a contractor begins work to replace the 322-foot span which was destroyed.
Hall Contracting of Kentucky will soon begin the 7 million dollar project, which is supposed to be completed by Memorial Day weekend and the maintenance work is a way to reduce any lane closures for smaller repairs once traffic resumes.
Engineers are finalizing the plans required for fabrication of the new span and Hal Construction plans to run a crew of about 40 employees around the clock to meet the deadline.
If the bridge isn’t re-opened by May 27th, Hall will be fined heavily each day thereafter.