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ABOUT THE PROJECT

Kentucky Lake

The proposed project will widen approximately 2 miles of US 68/KY 80 from two lanes to four lanes. As shown below, the alignment will be generally parallel to and just north of the existing bridge. The western project terminus is in Aurora at the US 68/KY 80 split. The eastern project terminus is just east of Kentucky Lake where this project will connect to the four lane roadway in the Land Between the Lakes (LBL).

The existing crossing includes six through truss bridge spans totaling more than 1,600 feet, 1,800 feet of approach bridge spans and two causeways totaling around 2,900 feet. The longest truss span is 368 feet. The existing bridge is known as the Eggners Ferry Bridge and crosses the Tennessee River. It was built in the early 1930s prior to the river being dammed and lake being formed. The bridge was raised in the early 1940s to make room for the lake.

Lake Barkley

The proposed project will widen approximately 1.5 miles of US 68/KY 80 from two lanes to four lanes. As shown below, the alignment will be generally parallel to and just north of the existing bridge. The western project terminus is just west of Lake Barkley where this project will connect to the four lane roadway in the LBL. The eastern project terminus is just east of the lake where this project will connect to the future four-lane widening in Canton.

The existing crossing includes two 321-6 through truss bridge spans, two 121 feet deck truss spans, more than 2,100 feet of approach bridge spans and two causeways totaling around 1,400 feet. The bridge is known as the Lawrence Memorial Bridge and crosses the Cumberland River. Like the Eggners Ferry Bridge, it too was built in the early 1930s prior to the river being dammed and lake being formed. The bridge was also raised in the early 1940s to make room for the lake.

Typical Section

As shown in the image below, the new structures will be much wider than the existing bridges which have two 10-foot lanes and no shoulders. The proposed bridge typical section will have four 11-foot travel lanes, 4-foot inside and outside shoulders and a 10-foot wide pedestrian/bicycle path.

Kentucky Lake (Looking East) Lake Barkley (Looking East)

Navigational Clearance

As shown in the image below, safe and adequate minimum navigational clearances must be provided to accommodate commercial barge traffic on the lakes. These clearances are set and approved by the United States Coast Guard.