Eggners Ferry Bridge is expected to reopen Friday afternoon– a full 2 ½ days ahead of schedule.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Spokesman Keith Todd says crews with Hall Contracting of Kentucky Inc. completed emergency repairs on the bridge earlier than anticipated and the bridge is expected to reopen to traffic Friday at 1 p.m.
The bridge has been closed since January 26th after a 322-foot span was knocked off by a large cargo ship, the Delta Mariner.
Todd says state transportation crews will be working late tonight to finalize preparations to reopen the 80-year old bridge.
Hall Contracting was awarded a $7 million, emergency contract to repair and reopen the bridge by Sunday, May 27th.
Transportation officials say before Eggners Ferry Bridge closed, a 2009 traffic count showed over 2,600 vehicles per day crossed the bridge.
Organizers for the 14th annual Take Kids Fishing Day released “Big Jeff” into the water this afternoon in preparation for Saturday morning’s festivities.
RC&D Board member Charles Turner is encouraging area youngsters to try and capture the elusive catfish.
Officials say the fishing extravaganza will begin Saturday at 9 a.m. and encourages residents to show up early to find parking.
Two people were sent to the hospital early this morning following a two-vehicle wreck that occurred on the 41-A Bypass, near Queens Bluff Way.
Clarksville Police say a 37-year old woman was taken by Lifeflight to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment of head injuries and is listed in stable condition, while a 37-year old man was taken by ambulance to Gateway Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries.
Police say around 2 a.m. the vehicle driven by the unidentified woman crossed into the northbound lane and collided with the 44-year old male, causing both vehicles to leave the roadway and careening down separate embankments.
Police say as a result of the collision, the woman was ejected from her vehicle and landed on an embankment off the south side of the roadway.
Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the collision and charges are pending against both drivers with police saying the names of the individuals will be released following family notification.
Governor Steve Beshear announced today that TeleTech of Colorado will be investing over $12 million dollars to open a state-of-the-art customer experience delivery center in Hopkinsville.
The new call center will reportedly add 500 to 700 jobs to Hopkinsville with Governor Beshear saying he is thrilled to see this type of growth and investment in the Commonwealth.
The 45,000 square-foot facility will be located at 4000 Fort Campbell Boulevard with operations to begin in the fall.
Founded in Denver, Colorado, TeleTech has over 41,000 employees and operates about 60 call centers around the world.
The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority approved the company for tax incentives of up to $6 million dollars to encourage the investment and job growth in Hopkinsville.
Individuals who are interested in employment opportunities with TeleTech should contact the Hopkinsville-Christian County Economic Development Council at 270-885-1499 or visit www.teletechjobs.com
Governor Steve Beshear announced TeleTech of Colorado will be opening a 45,000 square foot call center in the fall, which will create 500 to 700 jobs in Hopkinsville over the next few years. We'll have a full story on this later in the day.