6:15am

Fri January 27, 2012
The Commonwealth

Section of Western Kentucky Bridge Collapses

Investigators will spend the day at the scene of a partial bridge collapse in far western Kentucky.  Two spans of U.S. 68/Kentucky 80 crossing over Kentucky Lake fell after being hit by a ship Thursday night.  There have been no reported casualties and no indication vehicles fell into the lake.  The U.S Coast Guard says the vessel did not contain hazardous cargo.

  Kentucky Public Radio’s Chad Lampe reports the large carrier was designed to transport space related rocket components.  The two lane bridge is at the western entrance to the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.  It opened to traffic in 1932.  The bridge carries about 28 hundred vehicles daily.   The nearly 80 year old bridge was scheduled for maintenance work today to allow electrical work on the structure’s navigation lights.  Officials says lights from the direction the barge approached were working.  The transportation cabinet is in the process of replacing the bridge along with a nearby bridge over Lake Barkley.  Transportation official Keith Todd expects the clean up to take days.