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Eggner's Ferry Bridge

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Overview from southwest following the collision

Photo taken by James Baughn in January 2012

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Dangerous Bridge

A bridge in Kentucky that is falling down piece by piece. Nothing bad happens, it's just scary.

Video created by gertnerbot in 2007 posted by Kim Harvey

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Overview
Through truss bridge over Tennessee River on US 68/KY 80
Location
Marshall County, Kentucky, and Trigg County, Kentucky
Status
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Slated for demolition and replacement.
History
Built 1932; one span demolished after strike from ship on January 26, 2012; reopened to traffic on May 25, 2012
Builders
- J.M. Johnson (Consulting Engineer)
- Vincennes Bridge Co. of Vincennes, Indiana (Steel Shop Fabrication)
Design
Truss spans from west to east:
One 5-panel Pratt through truss
Four 10-panel Parker through trusses (easternmost span replaced by a Warren through truss without verticals)
One 5-panel Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 368.0 ft.
Total length: 3,495.1 ft. (0.7 mi.)
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 18.1 ft.
Also called
Kentucky Lake US 68 Bridge
Tennessee River US 68 Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.77222, -88.12028   (decimal degrees)
36°46'20" N, 88°07'13" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/400023/4070189 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Fenton
Inventory numbers
KY 079-B00023N (Kentucky bridge number)
BH 18886 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 07/2012)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 37.4 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
2,200

Update Log 

  • August 17, 2013: New photos from Ben Tate
  • May 26, 2012: New photos from James Baughn
  • May 25, 2012: Updated by James Baughn: Bridge has been reopened to traffic
  • February 27, 2012: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added Engineer and Builder
  • February 5, 2012: New video from Kim Harvey
  • January 28, 2012: New photos of the damage posted by James Baughn
  • January 27, 2012: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.
  • January 27, 2012: Updated by Kim Harvey: 2 spans collasped in lake following barge strike on 1/26/12
  • January 26, 2012: Updated by Kim Harvey: WPSD reporting bridge has collasped from barge strike
  • November 22, 2011: Updated by J.P.: added main truss design/approach designs
  • March 14, 2010: Updated by Bill Eichelberger: Added Google Street View.
  • February 27, 2009: Updated by C Hanchey

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Eggner's Ferry Bridge
Posted May 25, 2012, by r. blakey (robert [dot] c [dot] blakey [at] VANDERBILT [dot] EDU)

Eggners Ferry Bridge Opens In Time for Memorial Day Weekend Travel

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May, 25, 2011

The Eggners Ferry Bridge in Western Kentucky reopened Friday. Hall Contracting of Kentucky Inc. completed the emergency repairs on the bridge two days earlier than required, and the bridge opened to traffic at 1:05pm CDT.

The Eggners Ferry Bridge, which carries U.S. 68/KY 80 across Kentucky Lake, has been closed since it was struck by a cargo ship, the Delta Mariner, on the night of Jan. 26. A 322-foot-long span of the 80-year-old bridge was torn away.

“When the bridge connection was severed, it was imperative to restore this critical tourism and commerce link in the Kentucky Lake-Lake Barkley region as fast as we could,” said Governor Steve Beshear. “The plan to replace the missing span was aggressive. We are pleased the emergency repairs have finished ahead of schedule and especially by a Kentucky-based company.”

Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock said restoring traffic to the bridge in 121 days took a phenomenal effort.

“We were very fortunate that there was no structural damage to the piers during the January 26 incident. This allowed us to focus on constructing a new span and getting it in place,” Hancock said.

The two-lane Eggners Ferry Bridge, which is the western gateway to Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, opened to traffic crossing the Tennessee River in 1932. Its elevation was raised in 1943 when the Tennessee River was impounded to create Kentucky Lake. A KYTC traffic count conducted in 2009 showed 2,650 vehicles per day crossed the bridge.

Eggner's Ferry Bridge
Posted May 17, 2012, by R. Blakey (robert [dot] c [dot] blakey [at] vanderbilt [dot] edu)

New truss span now in place, concrete to be poured soon for decking, plans are to reopen May 27. Outstanding work by Hall Contracting, whose bid incidentally was several million $ below others. Amazing work for some good ole Kentucky folks. RCB

Eggner's Ferry Bridge
Posted May 10, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Update:

On May 10, 2012, the temporary truss span was completed and loaded onto a barge.

Eggner's Ferry Bridge
Posted April 29, 2012, by D. W. Adams (weetbixmarmite [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Update: A replacement truss span is under construction in Eddyville, which will be barged to the site and hoisted into place by cranes. Work is expected to be complete within four weeks!

http://m.therepublic.com/view/story/3a734159159d4a15a76c440473c8e466

Eggner's Ferry Bridge
Posted February 6, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Update:

The boat has finally been moved away from the bridge site, with most of the truss it destroyed still draped over the bow of the boat.

Eggner's Ferry Bridge
Posted January 29, 2012, by D. W. Adams (weetbixmarmite [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I was supposed to have photographed this bridge and the Cumberland River bridge just to the east of it back in June, but I got out to a late start that day and ran out of daylight before I got to them. I'm glad I at least got to drive across it, though.

Eggner's Ferry Bridge
Posted January 28, 2012, by Mii Mii PooPoos

Hey, at least the captain of the boat didn't "Fall" into the life boat.

Eggner's Ferry Bridge
Posted January 28, 2012, by Chris P.

Unbelievable. Something needs to be done about idiotic people and boats. Looks like an ocean-going vessel, not something you see on a lake.

Eggner's Ferry Bridge
Posted January 28, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Could be a hitman borrowed from PennDOT...

Eggner's Ferry Bridge
Posted January 28, 2012, by J.P.

So I'm curious if this pilot is related to the Italian Guy who crashed the Ship a couple weeks ago. :)

Eggner's Ferry Bridge
Posted January 28, 2012, by Sharon Spear (sweetsexysharon [at] gmail [dot] com)

Matt, I'm glad you brought that up. I thought I was just looking at the images here and of the accident incorrectly. My friend and I were discussing this yesterday as we looked at the images.

Glad I'm not "seeing things"!

Eggner's Ferry Bridge
Posted January 28, 2012, by Matt Lohry

I noticed something even more awesome about this whole make-me-want-to-barf situation--looking at the photos in John's link, the knucklehead piloting the ship drove it under the LOWEST of the four main spans! He wasn't even in the main navigation channel! Whether or not the bridge is up for demolition and replacement is irrelevant; this is a result of complete negligence on the part of the ship's captain, and the ship's owning company should be forced to pay for damages.

Eggner's Ferry Bridge
Posted January 27, 2012, by John Goold (BlueWilliamus [at] yahoo [dot] com)
Eggner's Ferry Bridge
Posted January 27, 2012, by Jim Lueken (lueken [at] bellsouth [dot] net)
Eggner's Ferry Bridge
Posted January 27, 2012, by K. A. Erickson
Eggner's Ferry Bridge
Posted January 27, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Scratch my earlier comment, the bridge was up for demolition anyway. I am not surprised, if its a truss in Kentucky its usually on the demo list.

Eggner's Ferry Bridge
Posted January 27, 2012, by Michael Page (mike [dot] page [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Leave it to the hardcore fishermen being on the scene with a camera for "the one that got away" to get the best images thus far.

http://blog.wired2fish.com/blog/bid/71423/Exclusive-Wired2Fish-Photos-of-Kentucky-Lake-Bridge-Collapse

Eggner's Ferry Bridge
Posted January 27, 2012, by K. A. Erickson

This is probably the image >>>

http://kfvs12.images.worldnow.com/images/16612736_BG11.JPG

Source attributed to CNews Penny Kelly.

A caller to the local news last night said she was one of the last ones to cross before the accident. She described the boat as barrelling down on the bridge at full speed. She noted that boats usually slow down upon approaching the spans. She noted the boat was larger/taller the the span.

The end result is the knocked out span completely snagged on the bow of the boat.

Naturally Kentucky officials will look the other way, not fine the boat owners, and build a newer bridge precisely lower than the current one. That should solve the problem. And who doesn't like an Easter Egg basket designed bridge?

Eggner's Ferry Bridge
Posted January 27, 2012, by Michael Page (mike [dot] page [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The link that Kim posted has been updated with a photo slideshow, and to be honest, it looks weird. There appears to actually only be one span down, though there might be damage to others. It isn't ON the ship, but wrapped around the bow. It actually looks as though the ship were drafting high enough to hit the span itself, plowing it right off the piers and missing the piers on either side.

Eggner's Ferry Bridge
Posted January 27, 2012, by JN (jnewkirk77 [at] att [dot] net)

If I remember correctly, preliminary construction work is already underway for the new bridge; however, the new 4-lane span (along with its twin across Lake Barkley) isn't scheduled to be completed until 2017.

Eggner's Ferry Bridge
Posted January 27, 2012, by Michael Page (mike [dot] page [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I wasn't aware of this at all until this morning when I was looking for updates on the accident. It looks as though there have been plans in place for several years to replace both the old bridges on 68/80 over LBL.

http://www.explorekentuckylake.com/projects/us68project.htm

Eggner's Ferry Bridge
Posted January 27, 2012, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

Smooth. Now I know what the next step will be for KYDOT.... Sad day for the residents affected and the HB community :-(

Tennessee River US 68 Bridge
Posted January 27, 2012, by Kim Harvey

http://www.kfvs12.com/story/16612736/update-no-reported-injuries-in-ky-bridge-collapse

the media confirms 2 spans are down. Since this happened when it was dark, it will have to be daylight before a better view happens.

Eggner's Ferry Bridge
Posted January 27, 2012, by Michael Page (mike [dot] page [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It was just on the AM news here, with video. 2 spans are down, one of the spans has trapped the ship that hit the pier. They've accounted for the full crew of the ship with no injuries, and there are no signs of any cars in the water. According to the report they were doing a study to replace the bridge sometime in the future. That's probably going to be a "gimme" now, as far as things go in KY.

Eggner's Ferry Bridge
Posted January 26, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Fitting. The one truss bridge in the entire state not up for demolition and someone goes and destroys it.

Tennessee River US 68 Bridge
Posted January 26, 2012, by J.P.

Bad year for major bridges in Kentucky

Tennessee River US 68 Bridge
Posted January 26, 2012, by Kim Harvey

http://www.wpsdlocal6.com/news/local/Eggner-Ferry-Bridge-collapses-after-barge-strike-138171574.html

Breaking news out of western Kentucky - I'm waiting on more details from the media out of Paducah.