Initial steel assembly nearly done on bridge
Posted: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 8:00 pm
EDDYVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Workers are checking and tightening 14,000 bolts that have been used to connect beams for a new span on a western Kentucky bridge that collapsed last winter when it was hit by a cargo ship.
Hall Contracting of Kentucky is replacing the missing span, and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said Tuesday that the initial phase of steel assembly is nearly done.
Once all the bolts are in place, cabinet inspectors will run a safety check. Then later this week, a tow boat and two barges will be used to move the span from the assembly yard in Eddyville to the bridge, at Aurora.
The U.S. 68/Kentucky 80 Eggners Ferry Bridge is the western entrance to Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. Hall’s $7 million contract requires that the bridge be reopened by Memorial Day weekend.
Published in The Messenger 5.9.12