Welcome to the Lake Bridges project website. This site provides information about the project and allows you to share your concerns and ask questions. Click HERE to comment. KYTC is committed and will continue to keep the community well-informed as this project moves forward. We hope you will visit this site often for the latest information on the Lake Bridges Project.
Proposed Basket-Handle Tied Arch Bridge
Target Date Set for New Lake Barkley Bridge Arch Placement
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) engineers and the contractor on the new Lake Barkley Bridge at Canton have set Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 as the target date for placing the 550-foot main span – a $20 million steel basket-handle arch – on the new bridge structure. The activity is weather-dependent. KYTC will close U.S. 68 promptly at 9:00 a.m. CST for up to 48 hours.
Lake Bridges Multi-Use Path Opens
On December 29th, 2016 the multi-use path opened to the public with a Inagural Hike. About 20 participants braved cold temps and 15 mph winds to walk from Kenlake State Park at Aurora to the Fenton Access Area in Land Between The Lakes. The multi-use trail interconnects with trails in Land Between The Lakes. It will also connect with a trail across the New Lake Barkley Bridge at Canton, still under construction. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet anticipates holding an official Grand Opening as a joint venture with regional and state tourism organizations sometime in March or April as warmer weather allows. There is parking with access to the new trail at Kenlake State Park and on the Land Between The Lakes side of Kentucky Lake.
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Kentucky Lake Bridges Opening Ceremony
On August 31, 2016 the Kentucky Lake Bridge was open to the full four lanes of traffic. A bridge opening ceremony was held. The public was allowed to walk the eastbound lanes before the bridge was opened to traffic. A ribbon cutting occurred after an opening ceremony. See photo documentation HERE. Trail connections for the multi-use walkway along the bridge are still under construction.
Existing Eggner's Ferry Bridge Demo
On July 25, 2016 four truss spans of the old Eggner's Ferry Bridge were brought down using controlled explosives. Click HERE for more information, photos and demolition videos.
(Photo courtesy of Robert Offenback)
Traffic Moved to New Bridge
On April 8, 2016, the Johnson Bros. Corporation's team moved all traffic from the existing Eggner’s Ferry bridge over KY Lake onto the new arch bridge. One lane in each direction is currently provided using the north half of the bridge, but this provides a significantly wider and safer crossing for motorists. This will allow demolition of the old bridge. Construction work will continue to prepare the full 4 lanes plus multi-use path across KY Lake.
Arch Lifted into Place
On Dec. 1, 2015 the Johnson Bros Corp. team moved the steel arch span onto the new piers.
KY Lake Crossing
The design is complete.
A $24.2M advance construction contract was awarded in early 2013 to Jim Smith Contracting Company LLC and was completed in 2014. This advance contract constructed the east and west end causeways and a bridge over the lagoon at the west end of the crossing.
A $131.5M construction contract for the bridge over the lake itself and the construction of the roadway and the multi-use paths was awarded to Johnson Brothers Corp. in February 2014. Work is scheduled to be completed in late 2016. The award announcement from Governor Beshear may be viewed HERE.
Lake Barkley Crossing
The design is complete.
A $128.3M construction contract was awarded in February 2015 to PCL Civil Constructors, Inc. of Denver, CO. The contractor is constructing bridge foundations. The arch is scheduled to be set in place in late 2016 with final completion anticipated in 2017. The award announcement from Governor Beshear may be viewed HERE.