Work begins on new bridge over Kentucky Lake - WSMV Channel 4

Work begins on new bridge over Kentucky Lake

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FRANKFORT, KY (WSMV) -

Gov. Steve Beshear announced Tuesday the beginning of work on the first phase of a long-awaited project to build two badly needed bridges that will form a gateway to the Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area in western Kentucky.

In the past week, crews began clearing brush and trees to make way for construction of a bridge to span a lagoon on the western shore of Kentucky Lake.

The new $24 million Lagoon Bridge will be a bridge to a bridge, according to officials with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

It will serve as an approach to a new four-lane bridge that will be built over the main lake to replace the 81-year-old Eggners Ferry Bridge.

The project also includes the construction of earthen causeways on both sides of Kentucky Lake.

The Lagoon Bridge is part of a larger plan to build two new bridges on both Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley. The Lagoon Bridge is on a strict timetable of 420 calendar days to allow for the Transportation Cabinet to contract for construction of the main bridge span in about a year.

Transportation officials said the new bridges will be the only basket-handle, tied-arch types in Kentucky, and among fewer than a dozen believed to be in existence worldwide.

Each bridge will cost an estimated $165 million to build, according to transportation officials, with construction expected to take about five to six years each.

The Eggners Ferry Bridge was in the headlines in January 2012 when a cargo ship, the Delta Mariner, struck the bridge and tore away one of its spans. It was repaired in 121 days, just in time for the Memorial Day weekend.

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