Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Eggner Ferry Bridge Repairs

In its final years

Eggner Ferry Bridge
Workmen were repairing one of the approaches to Eggner Ferry Bridge the last time I crossed Kentucky Lake. I found myself sitting on top of the bridge with twenty other cars, waiting to snake through the work zone. While I was parked in that unusual place, I took these photos of the bridge suspension from my car window.

Eggner Ferry Bridge is named for the Eggner Ferry that crossed the Tennessee River at that location for many years. The ferry ceased operation when this bridge was built across the river in 1932. In the early 1940s, the bridge was raised and extended before the Tennessee river was dammed* and Kentucky Lake was formed.

Eggner Ferry Bridge
We are now in 2010, and the Eggner River Bridge is far too narrow for the volume of traffic it sees.   A new 4-lane bridge is supposed to be completed by 2017. Highway 68/80 through Land Between the Lakes (LBL) is being made 4-lane, and a 4-lane bridge will be built over Lake Barkley on the east side of LBL.

In the meantime, the existing bridges must be repaired as necessary to keep them safe. These last few years are going to be especially rough on them because of all the heavy trucks bringing materials for the road and bridge construction.

I got these photos ready to post a couple of weeks ago, and now I see that I misspelled "Eggner" when I labeled them. They will have to stay that way for now. I've been having computer problems, and with the setup I'm using currently, I don't have much for photo-editing software to correct my error.  Like the bridges, my computers need some repair, maintenance, and eventual replacement!


* Kentucky Dam on the Tennessee River and Barkley Dam on the Cumberland River are just two of many dams that were built by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) during the 1930s and 1940s.

When Kentucky Dam and Barkley Dam were built, hundreds of families were relocated from the Tennessee River valley, the Cumberland River valley, and the Land Between the Rivers near the Kentucky/Tennessee border and northward. Hundreds of homes and buildings were torn down. Cemeteries were moved to high ground. The "Land Between The Rivers" became the "Land Between The Lakes" under TVA control. Much of the two lakes' outer shore lines was put under state control.

Old Bridges at Land Between the Lakes, KY
A Very Windy Day!

Kentucky Lake seen from Eggner Ferry Bridge


Collagemama said...

Your computer sounds like mine! I need my computer infrastructure rebuilt to stimulate the economy. Or maybe I just need the Geek Squad.

John Ruberry said...

You'll be interested to know that cable TV and radio stations in Chicago run commercials for property on Kentucky Lake.

They offer "lake access" parcels. That probably means they are near the lake, not on it.

Genevieve said...

Collagemama, I think I do need some infrastructure in one of these machines. The video card seems to be going out, or maybe it's the motherboard. (I need one of those little horrified face emoticons right after the word "motherboard"!) The other one I messed up myself. It's probably going to need a reinstall of Windows. Don't ever uninstall one virus program (AVG) and install a different antivirus and THEN restart your computer. AVG will then refuse to let anything whatsoever run.

Genevieve said...

Hi, John. That's pretty interesting about the Kentucky Lake ads. I think you're right about the lake access. It probably means that there's a private ramp at the lake end of the subdivision where you can back your boat into the water.

There's a retired couple from Chicago who go to our church. They live on Lake Barkley, which is on the other side of LBL from Kentucky Lake. They can see the lake from their house, but their finger of the lake dries up every time the weather gets dry. Then their view of the lake is not too beautiful. I don't imagine they knew that when they bought that house.

Marisa Bush said...

I love those old suspension bridges. When I was a kid they had one at Dover, and there was one at Paris Landing for many years.

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