News Releases - October 4, 2014


Contact: Kerri Richardson

Terry Sebastian

October 4, 2014


A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is progressing on placement of pilings for the foundation of the New US 68/KY 80 Eggners Ferry Bridge over Kentucky Lake at Aurora.

Early this week, Johnson Brothers Construction notified the US Coast Guard that it was placing a construction flotilla to start work on pier 8 at the east side of the lake. Installation of the pilings for the structure foundation create a permanently marked navigation site in the river. The contractor will maintain appropriate navigation lights and markers as the work moves forward on the pier.

The new four-lane bridge, which features a unique basket-handle tied arch design, will carry U.S. 68/KY 80 over Kentucky Lake and serve as the western entrance to Land Between the Lakes, which long has been one of Kentucky?s premier tourism destinations.

The new bridge will replace the venerable but narrow and obsolete Eggners Ferry Bridge, which was built in 1932 and no longer meets design standards for modern traffic. The Eggners Ferry Bridge, joining Marshall and Trigg counties, has two lanes, each 10 feet wide, with no shoulders. The bridge required significant repair work after an 8200 ton cargo ship struck it in January 2012, tearing away a 300-foot span. The bridge span was replaced and traffic restored in 121 days.

The new bridge will have four travel lanes, each 11 feet wide, plus 4-foot shoulders and a 10-foot-wide pedestrian/bicycle path. The new bridge is expected to be ready for traffic.

It is part of a larger Lakes Bridges Project, which also includes replacement of the Henry Lawrence Memorial Bridge on Lake Barkley ? a near twin of the Eggners Ferry. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is aiming to award a contract for the second bridge by December of this year.

An additional four-lane section to complete the US 68/KY 80 connection between Canton and Cadiz is in the right-of-way acquisition phase.

Once completed, the Lakes Bridges Project will provide a continuous, four-lane route from Aurora to Cadiz, crossing both lakes and Land Between the Lakes. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet awarded the contract for the new Kentucky Lake bridge to Johnson Brothers Corp., of Fort Worth, Texas, in February 2014. Michael Baker Jr. Inc. and Palmer Engineering designed the unique, basket-handle tied arch model ? one of only a dozen in the world.

The new bridge is expected to be ready for traffic in December 2015. Finish work will continue after traffic is moved to the new structure with final completion in 2016. Additional information is available at