The Eggner Ferry Bridge opened again Friday afternoon
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
May 30, 2012 | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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<i>Franklin Clark/Cadiz Record<p> Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson (left) spoke during the re-opening of the Eggner Ferry Bridge Friday. Also present were local officials like Marshall County Judge Executive Mike Miller (right).</i>
After 121 days of being out of commission, the Eggner Ferry Bridge was back open as of Friday afternoon – two days before the May 27 deadline.

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.

For the rest of this story, see this week's issue of The Cadiz Record or subscribe to our e-Edition by calling 270-522-6605.
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