The bridge hearing, the replacement bridges and a couple of auctions
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
Apr 18, 2012 | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
First, let me apologise for not being able to be there in person. There is, after all, only one of me, and there are so many things to cover. But we have been and will be watching the stream on the WPSD website when possible and will keep you updated on the goings-on as best as we can.

What I speak of is the Coast Guard’s hearing in Paducah about what they’re caling the Eggner Ferry Bridge “allision.” I put it in quotation marks because Microsoft Word and Mozilla Firefox don’t recognise the word.

I won’t talk in-depth about the hearing itself; much of the front page is already dedicated just to what happened on Monday, and this is supposed to last all week.

I will say that this is something I’ve never covered before, and when I was there on Monday, I had no idea what to expect.

We’ve already heard from the Coast Guard and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, but who I want to hear from are the people that were on the boat when this happened. Whatever they say, I have no doubt that it will be interesting, and little doubt that a lot of CYA (Google it) language will be used.

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This next bit is about the bridge itself, and about its future replacements.

I have doubts that it can be repaired by Memorial Day. I have rarely ever seen a project like this completed ahead of schedule or even on time. There are always delays. About the only recent example I can think of is the Sherman Minton Bridge.

On the other hand, the same contractor that worked on that bridge is doing repairs here, so it’s not impossible that it will be completed on time. If they don’t, you’ll no doubt here about it.

Now, there have been plans in place to replace the Kenlake and Lake Barkley Bridges for a long time. They are in the six-year road plan that was passed last week. Unfortunately, the funding for those is still in the Assembly, even this goes to print.

Yes, you heard that right. They passed the road plan but didn’t allocate any money for it. What a bunch of bums. But the best part is that the special session started Monday and is costing Kentucky taxpayers $60,000 per day. I would remember this when the Primary and General Elections come around.

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Don’t forget that the annual Cadiz Rotary Auction is still going on. I encourage people to participate, because it goes to a good cause.

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For that matter, the money from the Empty Bowls auction is going to a good cause, too. That’s happening today, at 11:30 a.m. If you read this in time, you should be able to make it. Expect a story about both of these auctions in next week’s paper, along with a long story about the Eggner Ferry Bridge hearing.

Franklin Clark is a reporter for the Cadiz Record and can be reached by email at fclark@cadizrecord.com.
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