Bridge work on hold: Coast Guard awaits plan
Posted: Friday, February 3, 2012 11:18 pm
AURORA, Ky. (AP) — Demolition on part of a collapsed western Kentucky bridge is on hold until a final salvage plan is reviewed and approved.
U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Ron Easley says the final plan is close to being done and a review of it usually takes a few days.
“We’re definitely still waiting for that salvage plan, and understand they are close to a final product,” Easley said.
Klenck Company of Evansville, Ind., is set to demolish a span of the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge near Aurora lying across the bow of the Delta Mariner in Kentucky Lake. Company spokesman V. Nicholas Funke told The Paducah Sun that the plan is to sheer the steel trusses away from the sides of the boat (http://bit.ly/wk0m1f ).
The boat hauling rocket parts struck the bridge after dark on Jan. 26, pulling away part of the span that connects Marshall County with Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. The cause of the collision is under investigation.
Suzanne Lagoni, spokeswoman for Foss Marine, the operators of the Delta Mariner, said the final draft will include echograph data collected Wednesday mapping debris on the lake floor.
Terry Williams, spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board, said investigators from his agency are on hand assisting the Coast Guard. Williams said research and engineering personnel were at the scene to study a voice data recorder in the ship’s pilothouse.
Information from: The Paducah Sun, http://www.paducahsun.com