Friday, January 4 2013 3:09 PM EST2013-01-04 20:09:10 GMT
Nearly 1,800 people have traveled to Land Between the Lakes for a chance to see the gnarled span of a western Kentucky bridge that wrapped around the bow of a cargo ship during a collision on Kentucky Lake.More >>
Friday, January 4 2013 3:08 PM EST2013-01-04 20:08:05 GMT
The master of a ship that struck a bridge over Kentucky Lake and brought down a span of it says incorrect navigation lighting was the main cause of the collision.More >>
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear has declared a regional state of emergency to allow Kentucky to seek federal emergency funds for the repair of a western Kentucky bridge struck by a cargo ship.
The order will allow the state Transportation Cabinet to seek funding from the Federal Highway Administration. The Jan. 26 crash tore off a 322-foot span of the Eggner's Ferry Bridge on Kentucky Lake. The 80-year-old bridge supplies the western entrance to the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.
Beshear said in a statement Friday that he hopes federal funding will help speed up the process of restoring the important route.
The aging bridge was hit at night by the Delta Mariner, a cargo ship carrying rocket parts for NASA and the U.S. Air Force.
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