Hall engineers say at this point their “best guess” is that they would hope to start that 30-mile trip by water sometime “around Noon, today.” However, the schedule is still very tentative. Engineers note there are still lots of details to work out and prep work to be completed before the flotilla can be assembled at the Eddyville Riverport to actually start the trip.
This morning a crew is working to assure that the cranes will be fully functional when it comes time to lift the span into place. Meanwhile, another crew has been working at the bridge site to place plates and prep connecting points on the bridge piers. Equipment and materials required to pour a concrete deck on the span once it is in place are also being assembled at the bridge.
After the steel truss arrives at the bridge, crane operators have indicated weather and wind conditions will dictate how quickly it can be lifted into place. There is a 10 percent change of rain in the forecast for much of today with winds running about 10 miles per hour.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Spokesman Keith Todd emphasized that movement of the flotilla will be dictated by completion of the many details that have to be worked out to assure the safety of workers.
“We plan to provide some advance notice once the flotilla is ready to start the trip,” Todd said.
He again reminded spectators to be safety-minded if the plan to watch from along the shoreline as the bridge is being moved.
The US 68/KY 80 Eggners Ferry Bridge has been closed since January 26th when the 8200 ton cargo ship Delta Mariner slammed into the bridge and knocked a single 322 ft. span into Kentucky Lake.
Hall Contracting has a $7 million contract to replace the missing span with a requirement that the bridge be reopened to traffic by Memorial Day weekend.
Once a timetable for moving the span is firmed up, the schedule will be posted immediately at www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict1.