How should they ford Kentucky Lake?
by Franklin Clark, Reporter --
Feb 08, 2012 | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
“Now, who here likes a good story about a bridge?”

- Buzz Killington, “Family Guy”

I can probably state with some confidence that almost everyone has heard about the Kenlake bridge situation and I’m sure some are probably tired of hearing about it by now.

I’m sure I’ll be tired of hearing about it myself at some point in the distant future. But in all seriousness, depending on how long it takes to cross that river/lake again, it could have long-term consequences.

I don’t often find myself in Murray, to be quite honest, but it is a nice city with a lot going for it, and now a commute to Murray takes as long as one to Paducah.

Any trip westward from here is going to be affected significantly, come to think of it.

What do you think should be done? Should there be a temporary ferry, should the bridge be repaired, or should other options be contemplated? If they do repair the bridge, how many of you would cross it?

While I don’t think crews would do a terrible job putting a “band-aid” on the current span, I must admit I would have some mild unease crossing it again. It and the Lake Barkley bridge are ... interesting to cross as is, as narrow as they are. I should stress that it probably wouldn’t be unsafe, but it would probably look unsafe.

That said, I think the band-aid solution would be the best one for the regional economy. With 2,600 cars crossing that bridge every day, I don’t know if a ferry would be an adequate solution. I only hope it doesn’t cause further delays to the replacement bridges project.

I hadn’t heard of the M/V Delta Mariner before the accident, but from a technical standpoint, I’m impressed that a ship that size can be built to traverse such narrow waters and can also be ocean-worthy.

Looking at pictures of more routine crossings from years past, it seemed crazy that it could navigate under that bridge and have any room to spare.

And given the scale of the incident, it’s nothing short of miraculous that no one was even hurt. It’s incredibly fortunate that the accident didn’t happen during everyone’s morning commute.


Those of you that read our Police Beat column are aware that Trigg County Sheriff Ray Burnam corrected himself on a matter related to Castle Law.

The correction can be found in this issue and needn’t be repeated. To me, it’s impressive that a public figure is willing to correct themselves so publicly.

It shouldn’t be impressive. It should probably be a matter of routine. But I follow politics and see so many on the state and national scale that double-down when corrected on such matters and blame everyone but themselves.

But it’s almost a certainty that this isn’t a recent development. Human nature really doesn’t change, after all.

Franklin Clark is a reporter for the Cadiz Record and can be reached by email at
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