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KY to seek federal help in Eggner's Ferry Bridge repair

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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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