Start of bridge construction at least a year away
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
Dec 15, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The projects to replace the two bridges across Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake are slightly behind schedule but are still proceeding, and the money for both projects is secure.

That is what Dan Bozarth, who attended last week’s Western Kentucky Twin Bridges Association, said after the meeting, held at Lake Barkley State Park late Thursday morning.

Although specific completion dates have been avoided, construction, which is set to take two-to-three years, should start by late 2011 or early 2012, Bozarth said. He added that the WKTBA is a group of volunteers who are checking on the progress of the two bridges.

The four-lane extension of U.S. 68/80 across LBL between the two bridges was recently completed, said Keith Todd of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

The Kentucky Highway Plan for the fiscal years 2010 – 2016, which was presented to the General Assembly in February, includes $330 million for new bridges across Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake.

The new four-lane bridges along Highway 68/80 would replace the current two-lane bridges that were first built in 1932, and would be built near the current bridges’ locations at Aurora and Canton.

Each bridge will cost about $178 million, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear announced to a packed room at a press conference on July 14 at Lake Barkley State Resort Park and Lodge.

The two replacement bridges are part of the US 68 corridor reconstruction project, which is slated to be completed by late 2017, said Chuck Wolfe of the Governor’s Office.

The twin basket handle, tied-arch 550-foot, four-lane spans will include 11-foot lanes, four-foot shoulders and an eight-foot sidewalk and bike path, Wolfe said.

The rest of the highway plan can be seen at http://

transportation.ky.gov/progmgmt/2010highwayplan.html.
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