Work on Lagoon Bridge marks start of changes on 68/80 over lakes
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
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These artist renderings show the future of U.S. 68/Ky. 80 over Kentucky Lake.</i>
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These artist renderings show the future of U.S. 68/Ky. 80 over Kentucky Lake.

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Work will begin this week on the Lagoon Bridge Project, the first phase of construction of replacement bridges across Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley.

“Initial clearing of brush and trees has started on the Lagoon Bridge Project which includes construction of an approach bridge on the west shore of Kentucky Lake and construction of earthen causeways required to gain access to the main lake,” said Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Spokesman Keith Todd. “It is the first step in a long process.”

That lagoon bridge, Todd said, will eventually lead to construction on the 81-year-old Eggner Ferry Bridge, which crosses Kentucky Lake. He added that an official groundbreaking will probably be scheduled in early June.

The project will span the lagoon on the west shore and will involve the construction of earthen causeways on both sides of the lake and will cost $24,212,491, and the prime contractor is Jim Smith Construction, LLC, of Grand Rivers, said Todd.

The project will also involve test borings and pilings to allow engineers to work out final plans for pier footers for the construction of the main bridge, said Todd, who added that the contract requirements should lead to a “letting” on the main span in about a year.

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