The old Lake Barkley Bridge is no more. The explosive demolition of the 86 year old structure occurred Wednesday morning.
Spectators gathered in boats and along the shores of the eastern waterway connecting Land Between the Lakes and Trigg County to watch the detonation.
Mary Beth Baker of Trigg County had the winning $16,500 dollar bid in the Cadiz Rotary Auction to push the button that set off the explosion. After the demolition, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet workers checked the new, neighboring bridge for any debris.
The old bridge opened in 1932. A new, $128-million dollar bridge opened to two-lane traffic in February. Work is underway to open the new bridge to four lane traffic and to open a multi-use path. I’m Corey Sharber in Murray.