At an announcement last month at Kenlake State Park, Governor Steve Beshear said Hall Contracting had the lowest bid for the repair contract, at $7 million.
“We appreciate the support of our partners at FHWA (Federal Highway Administration) to help us in getting the bridge repaired and averting a potential disaster for our tourism industry in the Western Kentucky Lakes Region,” Beshear said.
Public Information Officer Keith Todd of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said the other $2 million will fill in for what the state originally paid for, such as overtime for state employees that restored electricity to the bridge, inspection teams, divers, and others that have worked on the bridge since the accident.
The grant comes from the Regional Emergency Declaration Beshear made in February, and is authorized under the Emergency Relief program within the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highways Administration, Todd said.
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