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.
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The Christian County Jail inmate who escaped from a work detail Friday afternoon has been located and will be charged with escape.
Christian County Jailer Brad Boyd says 28-year old Guy Justin Gosnell made his way to his mother’s home in Trigg County after escaping from the detail early in the afternoon. Boyd said Gosnell’s mother was bringing him back and that he will face escape charges.
Boyd says Gosnell was working at Pioneers, Incorporated when he walked away.
Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp says he is not backing down from proposing a smoking ban within city limits.
Mayor Kemp says he plans to propose a smoke-free ordinance during the May 24th Hopkinsville Committee of the Whole meeting and is hopeful that council members will then forward the proposed ordinance to the regular council meeting on June 5th for first reading.
If approved, smoking in public places will be prohibited along with restaurants.
Mayor Kemp says there are several reasons why the proposed ordinance will help improve the well-being of residents.
Mayor Kemp says it’s the right thing to do and that the smoke-free ordinance will not have a detrimental affect on local businesses that currently allows patrons to light up.
About 40 cities in the Commonwealth have implemented a smoke-free ordinance.
A Christian County residence is destroyed following a fire this morning.
Fire-fighters from multiple departments responded to the 2307 Dogwood Kelly Road residence of Laura and Nathan Crowe with the initial call about the residential fire going out around 11:30 a.m.
The residence was reportedly fully engulfed in flames when firefighters from the West Side and Lacy Fire Departments first arrived on the scene.
According to neighbors, the family was not home at the time of the blaze, except for Laura Crowe, who managed to escape without any injuries.