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Eggner's Ferry Bridge officially reopened

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A Mariner cargo ship struck the bridge in January. A Mariner cargo ship struck the bridge in January.

The Eggner's Ferry Bridge is now officially open to traffic.

The Kentucky Governor's Office has announced the early opening of Eggner's Ferry Bridge today, just four months after a section of the bridge collapsed.

That's great news for those traveling this holiday weekend. Work continued all week getting the bridge finished two and a half days ahead of schedule.

They had to finish work along the deck and install guardrail along the new driving surface.  

They also had to remove some of the wooden forms used to pour the decking and curbs.  

The bridge closed in January after a Mariner cargo ship struck a long span of roadway on US 68 and Kentucky 80.

The closure hindered access to the Land Between the Lakes national recreation area.

The bridge has met all state strength specifications and is safe to use.  

During a brief opening ceremony, Kentucky Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson noted that getting the bridge reopened to traffic in such a short period is truly remarkable.

"Governor Beshear quickly recognized the importance of this bridge to the region's tourism economy and area commuters," Abramson said.  "We made a commitment to get the bridge reopened quickly.  The Transportation Cabinet and Hall Contracting executed on that promise.  That's worth celebrating."

Before the bridge reopened to traffic, the public was allowed access to the bridge from 9 a.m. to 12 Noon.  Transportation officials estimate between 2,000 and 3.000 people took advantage of the unique opportunity to walk and bike across the bridge.

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