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Ground broken for second new western Kentucky bridge

CADIZ, Ky. (AP) - Construction of a pair of bridges in western Kentucky is moving forward, with a groundbreaking ceremony held for the second span, on Lake Barkley.

Gov. Steve Beshear and state and local officials had a ceremonial groundbreaking Wednesday. The new $128 million bridge will carry four lanes of traffic and a pedestrian-bicycle path on U.S. 68/Kentucky 80 as the eastern entrance to Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area.

It will replace the Henry Lawrence Memorial Bridge, which was built in 1932. The new bridge is expected to be open by October 2017.

The project also includes replacement of the Eggners Ferry Bridge on Kentucky Lake. Construction of the new Kentucky Lake bridge is already underway and is expected to open in December, with completion next year.

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