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Eggners Ferry Bridge collapse boosts tourism numbers

The bridge is undergoing repairs after being hit by the Delta Mariner in January (Source: KYTC). The bridge is undergoing repairs after being hit by the Delta Mariner in January (Source: KYTC).
MARSHALL COUNTY, KY (KFVS) -

A western Kentucky county is thriving, not just surviving, after a boat hit the Eggners Ferry Bridge that leads tourists to the area.

The Marshall County tourism commission director says from January through March, hotel room tax numbers have jumped by 20 percent.

The tourism director says tourists wanting to see the part of the bridge that collapsed also gave the numbers a boost.

Transportation officials are asking everyone who wants to watch the span being transported to be safety-minded.

"There are a number of locations where you can safely watch the replacement span move down the lake," Keith Todd with the transport ion cabinet said.  "We're recommending the park at Old Kuttawa or the parking area along the LBL Canal off KY 453/The Trace.  There may also be some overlooks along the Canal Loop Trail that would provide a good vantage point to watch the span pass by."

Todd says motorists and pedestrians should not attempt to view the span from the Canal Bridge on KY 453.

The bridge is undergoing repairs after being hit by the Delta Mariner in January.

It is scheduled to reopen for the Memorial Day weekend.

Hall Contracting moved the Eggners Ferry Bridge replacement span from the prep yard and onto a barge on Thursday.  It took around four hours.

Officials say it will not be transported on Thursday, but is being loading onto the barges so it can be secured for the trip.

Engineers say moving the cranes from land to barge may actually be more difficult than moving the replacement span from land to barge.

With the amount of work required to load the cranes, engineers are now saying it may be Saturday or Sunday before they can have the replacement span and the equipment required to lift it ready for the 30-mile trip by water to the bridge.

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