By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

EDDYVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Gov. Steve Beshear has visited the site where workers will assemble the steel truss for a replacement span for the Eggners Ferry Bridge on Kentucky Lake, which was damaged when it was hit by a cargo vessel in January.

On Tuesday, Beshear said his administration has been "single-minded" about repairing the bridge and "restoring a traffic route that is critical to western Kentucky."

Hall Contracting of Kentucky Inc. is fabricating the components in Louisville and shipping them to the Lyon County Riverport for assembly. The truss will be transported by barge to the bridge site. The company will construct a deck for the bridge.

Under the $7 million contract, the bridge must open by May 27.

The 322-foot bridge collapsed when the Delta Mariner crashed into it on Jan. 26.

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