Eggner's Ferry Bridge 'rubbed' by barge

Eggner's Ferry Bridge 'rubbed' by barge

KENTUCKY (KFVS) - The Eggner's Ferry Bridge was reduced to one lane briefly overnight after a barge rubbed up against a pier late Wednesday night.

Part of the new bridge under construction right next to it.

According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, a passing tug with 15 barges rubbed up against piping and concrete forms for one of the piers on the new bridge and rubbed a pier on the span of the existing bridge.

A pilot of a nearby boat working on the new bridge witnessed it and says all the damage appears to be minor.

A bridge inspector issued an all clear at 3:10 a.m.

The contractor on the new bridge will be evaluating forms that were hit on the new bridge during daylight hours.  However, the initial assessment is that the hit was minor in nature.

A 322 ft. span of the Eggner's Ferry Bridge was struck and knocked into Kentucky Lake by the 8200 ton Cargo Ship Delta Mariner on the night of January 26, 2012.  KYTC engineers developed plans to rebuild the missing span and restore traffic to the bridge in 121 days.

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