LYON COUNTY, KY (KFVS) – Monday, Feb. 12 is the projected opening date for the new U.S. 68/KY 80 Lake Barkley Bridge at Canton according to The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
The winter weather has slowed diamond grinding of the bridge deck, concrete finish work and tensioning of the deck support cables. KYTC engineers and the demolition Lexington, Kentucky contractor are confident final preparations can be completed by Monday.
“We anticipate moving two-lane traffic to the new bridge around mid-morning on Monday,” said KYTC District 1 Chief Engineer Mike McGregor. “We will move one lane of traffic over to the new bridge; then some time will be needed to complete traffic striping and movement of traffic barricades and signage to allow the other lane of traffic to move.”
Two-way traffic will be established along what will eventually become the eastbound lanes of the new bridge.
Demolition of the old bridge is expected to start within a day or two of this development. Efforts directed toward demolition of the steel superstructure with use of explosives will begin sometime in late March or in April.
Construction of a multi-use path, painting of the main arch steel, and other finish work will continue after two-way traffic is established on the new structure. The remaining work is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
PCL Civil Constructors of Denver is the prime contractor on a $128 million project to construct the new four-lane bridge at the Canton crossing just downstream from the existing bridge. The new 3,805-foot-long bridge has a 550-foot basket-handle arch main span that is a twin of the U.S. 68/KY 80 Eggners Ferry Bridge over Kentucky Lake.
Commercial Demolition Services
The six-story tower that had been a landmark at the Lexington Division of Fire’s training center for decades is no more.
On Monday morning, a crew from Lexington-based Superior Demolition began hooking up steel cables and positioning bulldozers by the tower at 1375 Old Frankfort Pike. Within hours, all that was left was a pile of concrete and metal.
Over the years, hundreds of recruits and firefighters used the tower to simulate multistory fires and rescue operations. Trainees ran hoses up flights of stairs, maneuvered ladder trucks to the building’s roof and practiced rappelling off the sides.
However, the fire department stopped using the tower in April 2011 because of structural problems caused by the building’s age, said Greg Stapleton, battalion chief over the fire department’s training bureau. The tower was built in 1969.