Eggner’s Ferry Bridge
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According to iamaccepted, the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge is an arch bridge in the United States, located in the state of Kentucky. The bridge spans Kentucky Lake in the western part of the state.
Eggner’s Ferry Bridge is a steel arch bridge with two arches that bend towards the center and guyed in a network. The bridge has a clearance of 153 meters and a vertical clearance of 18 metres. The bridge deck is 22.5 meters wide, with 2×2 lanes and a bicycle/footpath. US 68 and State Route 80 cross the bridge. Alternative bridges are more than 20 miles away. The bridge is toll-free.
The Eggner’s Ferry Bridge (1932-2016).
Original Bridge (1932)
The bridge opened to traffic on March 25, 1932, spanning the Tennessee River. The original bridge was a 1,065-meter steel truss bridge with a main span of 112 meters. The bridge had two narrow lanes. Later in the 1930s, plans were made to dam the Tennessee River about 20 miles north of the bridge, creating Kentucky Lake, the largest reservoir in the eastern United States. When the dam was largely completed in 1943, the bridge was temporarily closed to raise the bridge piers, and thus adjust the bridge to the new water level. There was a ferry service temporarily. The bridge reopened in February 1944, and the dam was completed shortly after.
On January 26, 2012, there was a collision with the bridge, and one of the main spans collapsed into the water. There were no injuries, but some vehicles were able to stop just in time. The bridge was then repaired in four months and was reopened on May 25, 2012. The detour during the closure was 60 kilometers.
A replacement of the bridge had already been planned before the collision due to the age of the bridge, which was 70 years old at the time of the collision. The replacement was originally planned for 2017, but has been accelerated between early 2014 and early 2016. The new bridge opened to traffic on April 8, 2016. The new bridge has 2×2 lanes and cost $131 million. The project coincided with the replacement of the Henry Lawrence Memorial Bridge over Lake Barkley, 12 kilometers to the east. Both bridges have an identical design and dimensions. The new bridge is a network arch bridge with a passage width of 153 meters. On July 25, 2016, the old bridge was blown up.
2,900 vehicles cross the bridge every day.
Hal Rogers Parkway
According to acronymmonster.com, the Hal Rogers Parkway is a parkway in the United States, located in the state of Kentucky. The road forms a super two in southeastern Kentucky, from Somerset via London to Hazard and is 147 kilometers long.
The Hal Rogers Parkway begins as part of State Route 80 and runs for 50 kilometers from Somerset to London. This part is a single-storey road that partly has 2×2 lanes. The Hal Rogers Parkway then forms the northern bypass of the regional town of London in southeastern Kentucky. Here is a connection to Interstate 75. The road then heads east and is a super two. It is actually a limited-access road, with very few intersections and occasional grade separated connections. The road leads through strongly hilly and densely wooded area, with narrow valleys. There are only a few villages along the route. The road turns into State Route 80 at Hazard, a 2×2 divided highway to Pikeville.
The Hal Rogers Parkway opened to traffic in November 1971 as a toll road between London and Hazard. A grade-separated bypass of London was originally planned, but it was never built. The parkway was originally called the Daniel Boone Parkway, but was renamed in 2003 after Hal Rogers (1937), a US congressman who was instrumental in paying the toll. The road also became toll-free in 2003.
The Hal Rogers Parkway is the only parkway and former turnpike in Kentucky to be a super two. Other parkways are actually freeways.
The original Hal Rogers Parkway began in London, in 2015 the route was extended westward on existing State Route 80 to Somerset, where it connects to the Cumberland Parkway. This created a longer east-west connection called the ‘parkway’, although in practice this has highly variable design standards.
The Hal Rogers Parkway is seen as part of the future Interstate 66, which is to form an east-west highway through southern Kentucky.
7,800 vehicles and 5,300 vehicles between Manchester and Hazard run daily between London and Manchester.