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First stage of Eggners Ferry Bridge nearing completion

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TRIGG COUNTY, KY (KFVS) -

Hall Contracting of Kentucky reports the initial phase of steel  assembly as part of efforts to place a new span on the US 68/KY 80 Eggners Ferry Bridge at Aurora is nearing completion.

Tuesday, a crew is checking and tightening the 14,000 bolts required to connect beams that make up the 322 foot replacement truss.

Once all bolts are placed and torqued to specifications, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Inspectors will run a safety-check to assure they are properly secured.

Due to the intense level of work at the riverport, no unauthorized personnel will be allowed to enter the riverport.

A tow boat and two barges have arrived at the site to prepare to transport the span from the assembly yard to the bridge.

Four reinforced concrete pedestals have been poured atop the existing bridge piers to allow the new steel truss to match the elevation of the existing truss.

Once the steel truss is in place on the bridge, a new concrete deck will be poured.  The concrete will then have to cure several days before traffic can be fully restored at the crossing.

Hall Contracting has a $7 million contract to replace the missing span with a requirement the bridge be reopened to traffic by Memorial Day weekend.

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