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The Eggner’s Ferry Bridge, which carries U.S. Route 68 and Kentucky State Route 80 over Kentucky Lake between Trigg and Marshall counties was hit by a barge at 8:10 PM CST. The span, which opened to traffic in 1932 and was raised in 1943 to allow for the completion of the Kentucky Lake project, was slated for replacement.

Initial reports indicated that navigational lights may have been broken on the span, which were scheduled for repair tomorrow. The Coast Guard had notified barge companies of the issue.

No vehicles were on the bridge at the time of the collapse and that there were no injuries among the 20 crew members that were aboard the boat.

More information, including suggested detour routes via the blog: http://bridgestunnels.com/bridges/kentucky/eggners-ferry-bridge/
Full article on the bridge, which includes bridge replacement plans: http://bridgestunnels.com/bridges/kentucky/eggners-ferry-bridge/

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Re: Bridge Collapse in Kentucky - Eggner's Ferry Bridge, US 68/KY 80
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2012, 11:58:24 PM »

Thanks for the heads up.  I've gone into OSM and immediately marked that section of highway as "access=no" so when the routers update, they will not direct people in that direction.

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Re: Bridge Collapse in Kentucky - Eggner's Ferry Bridge, US 68/KY 80
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2012, 12:30:35 AM »

Thanks for the heads up.  I've gone into OSM and immediately marked that section of highway as "access=no" so when the routers update, they will not direct people in that direction.
And if someone's planning a future trip, they'll be routed around a closure that may no longer exist. (Actually this one is "indefinite" so it makes sense to mark it as closed, but in general I think it's silly to mark short-term closures.)
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Re: Bridge Collapse in Kentucky - Eggner's Ferry Bridge, US 68/KY 80
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2012, 12:46:03 AM »

Will mark as closed via Google Maps Editor. If someone else is on there, please approve of the edit.

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Eggner's Ferry Bridge (US 68/KY 80) partially collapses
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2012, 06:07:03 AM »

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-01-27/kentucky-bridge-collapse/52813592/1

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

http://www.newschannel5.com/story/16612822/barge-strikes-eggners-ferry-bridge-causes-partial-collapse

It appears a cargo ship hit the Eggner's Ferry Bridge (US 68/KY 80 crossing of Kentucky Lake/Tennessee River) overnight and caused 200ft of it to collapse.

The USA Today article suggests that the bridge was already in the process of being replaced (it was built in 1932).  Wonder if this will accelerate that process.
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Re: Eggner's Ferry Bridge (US 68/KY 80) partially collapses
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2012, 08:02:02 AM »

This is pretty chilling; glad no one got hurt or killed:

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Robert Parker, 51, of Cadiz, Ky., said he and his wife were traveling northbound on the highway after leaving his stepson's house in Murray, Ky. They were driving in the rain along the darkened bridge around 8 p.m. when they suddenly noticed a missing 20-foot piece of the bridge, which at that section stands at least 20 feet above the water.
"All of a sudden I see the road's gone and I hit the brakes," he said. "It got close."
Parker said he stopped his pickup within five feet of the missing section. Two cars behind him stopped on his bumper and he saw another car on the other side of the missing section stopped.
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Re: Bridge Collapse in Kentucky - Eggner's Ferry Bridge, US 68/KY 80
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2012, 09:09:03 AM »

Thanks for the heads up.  I've gone into OSM and immediately marked that section of highway as "access=no" so when the routers update, they will not direct people in that direction.
And if someone's planning a future trip, they'll be routed around a closure that may no longer exist. (Actually this one is "indefinite" so it makes sense to mark it as closed, but in general I think it's silly to mark short-term closures.)

I don't disagree with you there NE2 about marking roads as closed.  I only do it if it's local (unless it's something major like an Interstate or a bridge collapse) and I know it will be closed for 1+ months and I can keep track of it's progress on when it's going to be re-opened via the news or by driving by it every few days.

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Re: Bridge Collapse in Kentucky - Eggner's Ferry Bridge, US 68/KY 80
« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2012, 12:21:39 PM »

KYTC secretary and new lieutenant governor are holding a press briefing as I type (12:15 EST) on the matter. The replacement was in the design phase. Not sure if they will try to repair the old bridge or speed up the replacement. I would think that no matter the case, the carrier's insurance company will be paying a pretty sizeable chunk of the bill.

My initial thought was the carrier had hit a pier, but apparently that was not the case at all. The vessel was too tall. Don't ship captains know how tall their vessels are and the clearances of the bridges along their route?
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Re: Bridge Collapse in Kentucky - Eggner's Ferry Bridge, US 68/KY 80
« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2012, 12:25:34 PM »


My initial thought was the carrier had hit a pier, but apparently that was not the case at all. The vessel was too tall. Don't ship captains know how tall their vessels are and the clearances of the bridges along their route?

the ship is capable of varying its draft (how high it sits in the water), so maybe it was a matter of the captain not realizing in time that he had to first raise the ship to navigate a shallows, and then immediately lower it for the bridge

apparently, the bridge's lights were not fully functional as well - but, then again, in this age of GPS, there should be no reason for the ship's captain to not know exactly when it was coming up.

well, this is why we have professional investigators.
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Re: Bridge Collapse in Kentucky - Eggner's Ferry Bridge, US 68/KY 80
« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2012, 01:43:31 PM »

There's a news story out now that the ship was in the recreational vessel channel of the lake and not the correct channel for a vessel of its size. That would explain it. You can tell by looking at the photos that the ship would have cleared the center spans of the bridge.

http://www.wlap.com/cc-common/news/sections/newsarticle.html?feed=393284&article=9674460
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Re: Bridge Collapse in Kentucky - Eggner's Ferry Bridge, US 68/KY 80
« Reply #10 on: January 27, 2012, 02:25:53 PM »

I crossed the bridge on a road trip with Billy Riddle in December 2010.  I can't even imagine what went through the minds of the drivers of the vehicles that came across the missing piece.

I have some photos of the bridge on that trip starting here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/adamontheroad/5243457731/in/photostream/

Sherman, if you want to use them on your site, send me a line and I can send you the originals.
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Re: Bridge Collapse in Kentucky - Eggner's Ferry Bridge, US 68/KY 80
« Reply #11 on: January 27, 2012, 02:54:07 PM »

Lots of news coverage and photos on WPSD-TV in Paducah.

http://www.wpsdlocal6.com/

There's a photo gallery there.

Also, Gov. Beshear has a few photos on his Flickr site.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/govbeshear/sets/72157629055622245/

To add insult to injury, when the bridge went down it took out a major cable and as a result, the KYTC District 1 office lost its Internet connectivity.

I have a video of this bridge and its near-twin that carries the highway across Lake Barkley (Cumberland River) to the east, as well as the construction project to four-lane US 68/KY through LBL that was ongoing at the time.

http://www.millenniumhwy.net/videos/US-68_KY-80_LBL.mp4
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Re: Bridge Collapse in Kentucky - Eggner's Ferry Bridge, US 68/KY 80
« Reply #12 on: January 27, 2012, 08:40:48 PM »

Well here is another site that covers historic bridges in USA:
http://www.bridgehunter.com/ky/marshall/eggners-ferry/
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Re: Bridge Collapse in Kentucky - Eggner's Ferry Bridge, US 68/KY 80
« Reply #13 on: January 27, 2012, 11:56:19 PM »

KYTC secretary and new lieutenant governor are holding a press briefing as I type (12:15 EST) on the matter. The replacement was in the design phase. Not sure if they will try to repair the old bridge or speed up the replacement. I would think that no matter the case, the carrier's insurance company will be paying a pretty sizeable chunk of the bill.
In the design phase already? Then it's a slam dunk for replacement. They'll have to schedule the controlled demolition, but you can turn this into a design-build and start constructing piers right away. By the time the structural details are finalized, you'll have built up the entire substructure and can just drop the bridge onto it.

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Re: Bridge Collapse in Kentucky - Eggner's Ferry Bridge, US 68/KY 80
« Reply #14 on: January 28, 2012, 09:47:28 AM »

Could be a perfect place for a Madison bridge all over again.
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Re: Bridge Collapse in Kentucky - Eggner's Ferry Bridge, US 68/KY 80
« Reply #15 on: January 28, 2012, 02:14:19 PM »

In the design phase already? Then it's a slam dunk for replacement. They'll have to schedule the controlled demolition, but you can turn this into a design-build and start constructing piers right away. By the time the structural details are finalized, you'll have built up the entire substructure and can just drop the bridge onto it.

They have selected a "basket handle" type of bridge and it will look similar to the new Lake Champlain bridge on US 2.

Approval from the legislature would be required for a design-build. Thankfully the legislature is in session right now in case they decide to go that route.
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Re: Bridge Collapse in Kentucky - Eggner's Ferry Bridge, US 68/KY 80
« Reply #16 on: January 28, 2012, 03:46:04 PM »

There may be some structural damage to one of the piers, according to the below press release:

Dive team to place sensors on pier of damaged Kentucky Lake bridge

Impact from ramming by cargo vessel may have caused pier to shift

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 28, 2012) – A dive team from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) plans to place sensors on a pier of the U.S. 68/KY 80 bridge over Kentucky Lake to help determine how badly it was damaged when a cargo vessel rammed the bridge Thursday night.

 

The crash involving the vessel Delta Mariner knocked out a 322-foot span of the venerable bridge between Marshall County and Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area in Western Kentucky. The combined-route highway, which runs east-west, is now closed indefinitely.

 

At issue is the bridge pier at the eastern edge of the impact area. “We have to know for certain whether the pier has been shifted, and if so, whether it is still moving,” Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock said Saturday. “That will have a huge influence on our decisions as we weigh the options for restoring traffic on U.S. 68 and KY 80.”

 

Since the crash, KYTC inspectors have been conducting an emergency examination of the bridge’s piers and remaining truss spans. Those extending west of the impact area were deemed to be stable, but inspectors on Friday found indications that the pier on the eastern edge of the impact area had been pulled out of position.

 

Next week, conditions permitting, a dive team will begin placing sensors on the bottom of the pier. The sensors measure degree of tilt and can detect changes if the pier is moving. Secretary Hancock said it will take a few weeks to collect and analyze the data.

The two-lane bridge – formally the Eggners Ferry Bridge – opened to traffic 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.

The Transportation Cabinet is in the process of replacing the bridge, along with the nearby bridge over Lake Barkley on the eastern side of Land Between the Lakes. Preconstruction work, including geotechnical drilling, began months ago. Gov. Steve Beshear’s recommended highway plan, which he sent to the General Assembly on Jan. 17, contains $165 million in construction funding for a new Kentucky Lake bridge from 2013 through 2015.

With closure of the bridge, KYTC has posted signs to detour traffic onto Interstate 24, which circles north of Land Between the Lakes. Motorists also can get around Land Between the Lakes via U.S. 62 on the northern end and KY 121 – becoming Tennessee 119 – on the south.

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Re: Bridge Collapse in Kentucky - Eggner's Ferry Bridge, US 68/KY 80
« Reply #17 on: January 28, 2012, 06:21:07 PM »

I just clinched that road segment (WB and then EB) to clinch a county last spring.
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« Reply #18 on: January 29, 2012, 12:54:28 PM »

Word from Sherman is that the east side closure is at the Trace and the west side closure is right at the bridge approach, but that right now the bridge is being watched so you shouldn't head onto it. Trying to learn more - I'd like to be able to approach from the east and get up to the base for photos.

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« Reply #19 on: January 29, 2012, 04:24:34 PM »

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They have selected a "basket handle" type of bridge and it will look similar to the new Lake Champlain bridge on US 2.

Are you referring to the bridge that was just finished a couple months ago?  Because that one was on NY 185/VT 17.
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Re: Bridge Collapse in Kentucky - Eggner's Ferry Bridge, US 68/KY 80
« Reply #20 on: January 29, 2012, 05:26:12 PM »

I may have gotten my bridges mixed up. It was this one:

http://champlainbridgecommunity.org/
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« Reply #21 on: January 30, 2012, 11:29:02 AM »

The 3,495-foot Eggner’s Ferry Bridge, designated as U.S. Route 68 and Kentucky State Route 80, opened to traffic on March 25, 1932 and was raised in 1943 as part of the Kentucky Lake project. On January 26, 2012, at 8:10 PM CST, a 322-foot section of the bridge collapsed after being struck by a tow-boat barge.

A dive team from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plan on installing sensors on a damaged pier of the bridge that will detect the degree of tilt and can detect movement. While emergency inspections found the western half of the span to be in stable condition, the a pier on the eastern span was moved out of position.

There are more questions now than ever on the future of the out-of-commission span. As Eggner’s Ferry Bridge was slated for replacement with a tied-arch bridge design, is it feasible to complete repairs to the pier and install a new superstructure if it is expected that it will be demolished shortly after? How seriously will the bridge, which is indefinitely closed, affect local businesses? What role did the navigation lights on the bridge have in the incident?

On Saturday and Sunday, I traveled to western Kentucky to photograph the span.

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Further Reading
a. Eggner's Ferry Bridge in Photographs: http://bridgestunnels.com/2012/01/30/eggners-ferry-bridge-in-photographs/
b. Bridge Collapses in Kentucky: http://bridgestunnels.com/2012/01/27/bridge-collapses-in-kentucky/
c. Eggner's Ferry Bridge (US 62/KY 80), with replacement span images: http://bridgestunnels.com/bridges/kentucky/eggners-ferry-bridge/

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Re: Bridge Collapse in Kentucky - Eggner's Ferry Bridge, US 68/KY 80
« Reply #22 on: January 30, 2012, 12:43:00 PM »

If you are a Mariner even if every Navigation light is out you are supposed to be able to safely navigate. You can use radar to triangulate your position. You can yes use GPS. You should have electronic charts up and also a paper copy in case you lose your GPS. Also a ship like this should be using a local pilot who is familar with the local waters. You don't have too but it is highly recommended by the Coast Guard.
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« Reply #23 on: January 30, 2012, 07:26:31 PM »

Does anyone know when the ship is going to be moved? Any chance it'll still be there through the weekend?

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Re: Bridge Collapse in Kentucky - Eggner's Ferry Bridge, US 68/KY 80
« Reply #24 on: January 30, 2012, 09:29:57 PM »

I haven't heard. Last I heard they were still trying to figure out how to get the bridge wreckage off the ship.

In other news, they had to postpone the dive until at least tomorrow, I guess due to currents in the lake. We had quite a bit of rain and the Kentucky River is running fast and high, so I'd guess the Tennessee probably is too.
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