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Work delayed on Eggners Ferry Bridge repair

MARSHALL-TRIGG COUNTY LINE, KY (KFVS) -

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials say there's been a bit of a delay in repairs to the partially collapsed Eggners Ferry Bridge.

One crane was loaded Saturday night.  They are working to load the second crane Sunday morning, according to a spokesman for the transportation cabinet.

The cranes and replacement span are not likely to move on Sunday, according to the spokesman.  He says the best estimate is that they would like be transported sometime Monday.

By the time the second crane can be loaded today there would not be sufficient daylight to make the trip by water to the bridge site.

The bridge closed in January after a cargo ship slammed into it and knocked a single 322 ft. span into Kentucky Lake.

Engineers said Saturday morning it may now be late Saturday or Sunday before they can load the replacement span and the equipment required to lift it onto a barge for a 30-mile river trip from Eddyville to Eggner's Ferry Bridge.

The trip is delayed because crews were having trouble building a ramp from shore to get two huge cranes on board.

Once the steel truss arrives, weather will determine how quickly it can be lifted into place. Deck construction could take as long as ten days to two weeks.

KTC officials say the concrete will need to cure for several more days before traffic will be allowed to cross the bridge

The bridge serves as the western entrance to the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, a key route for summer tourist travel.

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