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Opening of new U.S. 68/KY 80 Eggners Ferry Bridge celebrated with Bridge Day event

(Source: KYTC) (Source: KYTC)

To celebrate the addition of four-lane traffic on the new U.S. 68/KY 80 Eggners Ferry Bridge, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet hosted a Bridge Day event on the unopened eastbound lanes of the bridge on Wednesday, August 31.

An estimated crowd of 2,000 people walked along the new bridge to get an up close and personal look at the new structure.

At noon, many gathered in the center of the bridge for a brief ceremony and ribbon cutting.

Kentucky State Highway Engineer Patty Dunaway said the new $133 million structure is expected to serve for another 75 to 100 years. She also pointed to the potential the new bridge provides to enhance economic development.

“Just as the opening of the old bridge created new transportation opportunities for the region in the 1930’s, this new bridge will create an opportunity for new commerce, that in turn will serve to create new jobs and support a thriving economy,” Dunaway said.

While the addition of two eastbound lanes of traffic is completed on the new bridge, westbound traffic is expected to remain one lane for several days while crews water-blast away traffic striping and new permanent traffic stripes are added.

Trail connections for a multi-use path along the bridge are expected to continue for another six to eight weeks. A tourism-oriented event is planned at that time to show the new recreation opportunities the trail system will provide.

Additional finish work, including architectural lighting on the bridge structure, is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

“The Lake Bridges Project accomplishes the Cabinet’s mission of delivering economic opportunity and enhancing the quality of life in Kentucky,” said Kentucky Transportation Secretary Greg Thomas. “With the opening of the Eggers Ferry Bridge allowing motorists to travel across Kentucky Lake, we look forward to the completion of the Lake Barkley Bridge next year.”

Approximately 3,000 vehicles cross the existing Eggners Ferry Bridge daily.

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