The bridge was open to foot traffic from 9 a.m. until 12 noon, and was officially open to vehicle traffic at approximately 1:05 p.m., only 10 days after crews with Hall Contracting of Kentucky, Inc., put the new 322-foot truss into place, said Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Spokesman Keith Todd.
“When the bridge connection was severed, it was imperative to restore this critical tourism and commerce link in the Kentucky Lake-Lake Barkley region as fast as we could,” said Governor Steve Beshear in a press release. “The plan to replace the missing span was aggressive. We are pleased the emergency repairs have finished ahead of schedule and especially by a Kentucky-based company.”
Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson, Marshall County Judge Executive Mike Miller, State Senator Ken Winters, Trigg Magistrate Larry Lawrence, Trigg County Sheriff Ray Burnam and others were at the bridge shortly before it opened back up.
Abramson said a lot of people were skeptical of the Memorial Day deadline.
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