Cumberland River Bridge open, no damage from barge

LAKE CITY, KY (KFVS) - The U.S. Cumberland River Bridge at Lake City is back open to traffic, after closing due to a barge hit.

An inspection found no structural damage to the bridge, according to Keith Todd with the Ky. Transportation Cabinet.

The bridge reopened to drivers on Sunday around 10:45 a.m.

A certified inspector was dispatched to check the bridge structure for possible damage.

The motor vessel Mary L was headed down on the Cumberland River with a tow of 11 empty barges. That's when high water discharge from the Barkley Dam forced the tow to make an "intentional grounding" where it struck a pier on the bridge at Lake City, according to Todd.

Todd says the incident was reported to the Coast Guard around 6:45 a.m. on Sunday. The pilot reported no damage to the barges and no injuries from the incident.

Also known as the Eureka Highway Bridge and the Blue Bridge, the structure is at U.S. 62 Livingston County mile point 2.847 at the Livingston-Lyon County Line below Barkley Dam.

It should take around an hour to conduct a thorough safety check.

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