Inspectors from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet found no structural damage on a bridge over Kentucky Lake near the entrance to Land Between the Lakes.
One of the piers of the Eggner's Ferry Bridge over the Tennessee River was struck today by empty barges that got moved by a wind gust while being pushed downstream.
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the Evey T, owned by Ingram Barge Company, was headed downstream on the river when a gust of wind blew the tow into the right descending pier on the main channel just after 3 p.m.
A bridge inspector for KTC surveyed the bridge and saw a scraped spot consistent with what the crew of the Evey T had said. There was no structural damage.
The bridge was reopened to traffic around 5:30 p.m.
The US 68/KY 80 Eggner's Ferry Bridge links Marshall and Trigg counties at the western entrance to Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.
The bridge was closed 17 weeks last year after being struck and knocked into Kentucky Lake by the 8,200-ton Cargo Ship Delta Mariner.
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Tuesday, September 2 2014 7:39 PM EDT2014-09-02 23:39:10 GMT
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