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Posted: Monday, 09 June 2014 4:50PM

Drilling Begins At Barkley Bridge



Long awaited progress towards a new Lake Barkley bridge in Trigg County can finally be seen by anyone driving across the current bridge. According to Keith Todd with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, a crew began drilling at the site Monday afternoon.


   
Todd says testing the strength of bedrock beneath the lake is a crucial step in the process.


   
He says the process is similar to drilling in Kentucky Lake that was done a little over a year ago, but he adds that testing in Kentucky Lake included another step.


   
The floating drilling rig will not impact traffic on the highway, but the drilling crew will coordinate work with the US Coast Guard to avoid impeding river traffic. Todd says the work will take about two weeks. The estimated cost of the new bridge is $150 million. The basket-handle design will match the new Eggners Ferry Bridge across Kentucky Lake. That bridge is expected to be ready for traffic in December 2015.

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