A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans an explosives detonation to blast away the below-water portion of two piers on the Old Eggners Ferry Bridge at Kentucky Lake on Monday and Tuesday, August 22 and 23.
In recent weeks, the contractor has used industrial-strength jackhammers to chip away the above-water sections of the piers, leaving only the underwater sections to be demolished with explosives.
To facilitate the detonation, the contractor plans to briefly halt traffic on the New US 68/KY 80 Eggners Ferry Bridge on Monday and Tuesday morning between approximately 7 a.m. and 9 a.m.
Police will provide assistance with rolling road blocks to halt traffic just prior to the detonation. There should be one blast each morning and they are expected to require traffic to be halted for approximately 10 to 15 minutes each.
There will be a 1,000 foot clear zone around the blast site. The public may observe the blast from the Kenlake State Park Amphitheater. However, the blast will be mostly below water level and not as spectacular as the blast that took down the truss spans of the structure on July 25.
Once each pier been imploded, the demolition crew and Transportation Cabinet inspectors will check the new bridge for possible blast debris before allowing highway traffic to be restored. All boat traffic through the bridge construction zone will also be halted for a short time to facilitate the blast.
Immediately following the blast, the contractor will move equipment back into the area to recover debris from the bottom of the lake.
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