Current Construction

KY Lake Crossing:

Construction work on the Kentucky Lake Bridge has several minor closeout items being worked on and modified but is essentially completed. The bridge opened to traffic in fall of 2016. The work consisted of three parts:

  1. Roadway Construction Leading to the new Kentucky Lake Bridge.

    The new roadway connects US68/KY80 from the intersection west of KY Lake at Aurora across the Lagoon Bridge and the new causeways and Kentucky Lake Bridge and connect with the 4-lane roadway in the Land Between the Lakes. The new alignment of the Kentucky Lake Bridge is located just North of the old causeway and bridge location. The project also includes a multi-use path along the causeways and across the new lake bridge crossing. The Lagoon Bridge and the material for the new causeways leading to the Kentucky Lake Bridge were constructed thru an earlier contract.

  2. Construction of the Kentucky Lake Bridge Approach Spans.

    The new Kentucky Lake bridge crossing consists of three units: the West approach (1410'), the main span arch (550'), and the East approach (1655'). Both the East and West approaches are steel girder bridges with six girders spaced at 13 feet. The west approach structure consists of 4 spans and the east approach structure consists of 5 spans.

  3. Construction of a basket-handled tied arch (550 foot long) for the main span.

    The main span basket-handled tied arch is an approximate 110 ft. tall arch with the arch members inclined inward at 15 degrees. There are horizontal bracing members that connect the two arch members. The arch will be a signature, gateway entrance structure for the Land Between the Lakes and the navigational channel span for waterway traffic.

    Both the approach spans and the main span of the Kentucky Lake bridge accomodate four lanes (2 eastbound; 2 westbound) and a ten foot wide multi-use path for pedestrians and cyclists. The pedestrian railing also includes iconic decorative panels with images that represent the surrounding area.


Lake Barkley Crossing:

Construction continues with decks being poured on the approach spans. The new arch was assembled on barges floated into place in February of 2017. Construction will continue with the project being completed by the end of 2018.


  1. Roadway Construction Leading to the new Lake Barkley Bridge.

    The new roadway will connect US68/KY80 from the 4-lane roadway in the Land Between the Lakes west of Lake Barkley across a new causeway and Lake Barkley Bridge and end on the east shore at Canton. The new alignment of the bridge is located just North of the existing Lawrence Memorial Bridge. The project will also include a multi-use path along the causeways and across the new lake bridge crossing.

  2. Construction of the Lake Barkley Bridge Approach Spans.

    The new Lake Barkley crossing will consist of three units: the West approach (1799.5’), the main span arch (550'), and the East approach (1442.5’). Both the East and West approaches are steel girder bridges with six girders spaced at 13 feet. The west approach structure consists of 7 spans and the east approach structure consists of 6 spans.

  3. Construction of a basket-handled tied arch (550 foot long) for the main span.

    The main span basket-handled tied arch is an approximate 110 ft. tall arch with the arch members inclined inward at 15 degrees. There are bracing members that horizontally connect the two arch members. The arch will be a signature, gateway entrance structure for the Land Between the Lakes and the navigational channel span for waterway traffic.

    Both the approach spans and the main span of the Lake Barkley bridge will consist of four lanes (2 eastbound; 2 westbound) and a ten foot wide multi-use path for pedestrians and cyclists. The pedestrian railing will also include iconic decorative panels with images that represent the surrounding area.
The two lake crossings, KY Lake and Lake Barkley, will be extremely similar with the same roadway width, multi-use path main arch span size, approach span type and pier appearance. They provide a pleasing and compatible replacement to the approximately 80 year old original structures.