Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear got a firsthand look today at the damaged Eggners Ferry Bridge over Kentucky Lake and said getting traffic restored is among his highest priorities.
The Governor says he is "keenly aware of the inconveniences for travelers" and the economic impact of losing the route across Kentucky Lake. He says engineers for the state are working non-stop on plans to get traffic safely restored.
The bridge has been closed since it was damaged by a cargo ship, the Delta Mariner, on January 26th. A 322 foot span of the eighty year old bridge was torn away when the ship rammed into the structure.
Governor Beshear said today that U-S Senator Rand Paul and Congressman Ed Whitfield have offered to seek expedited approval of necessary permits. The Governor called it a bipartisan effort to address the issue.