Who helps the bridge over troubled waters when the bridge itself has been troubled? Crews from several agencies began combing over the wreckage within hours of it taking place. Luckily, no one was injured though cars were traveling across at the time. I came to the scene after the crowds had come, taken their novelty picture, and left. I felt for the towns and small shops that depended on the traffic the bridge provided. The layoffs that had already begun to occur. The state park that sits within earshot of the waves lapping against the bridge piers.KenLake State Resort Park sits on highway 80, surrounded by panoramic views of Kentucky Lake. It was built nearly 20 years after the span. By then, the Tennessee had been dammed and along with the Cumberland River being dammed, Kentucky was two lakes richer. Visiting KenLake is about like visiting history itself. The hotel building still holds onto 1940s charm and looks like it belongs on a naval base in Key West. Go around back and find a faded shuffleboard plot and a basketball court that has no doubt seen jump shots since Adolph Rupp was still coaching in Memorial Coliseum. But wait a minute. That’s what makes this place so great and nostalgic. It’s not another cookie-cutter chain hotel that looks the same as a hundred others. KenLake has style. And along with its steel shod neighbor down the hill, it will make it through this tough stretch of road just like it has weathered times good and bad for nearly 60 years. Show your support by visiting the lakes area. KenLake has over 30 cabins and dozens of rooms on site. Free breakfasts and free sunrises every morning. And if you squint your eyes just right, you can still see a ‘53 Corvette driving over a bridge into the horizon, a young couple cuddling after a day at the park.
Thanks again, Kentucky.
-Special thanks also to John Rittenhouse and Tammy Nanny for a great stay at KenLake.
-*Note: Prior to recent events, the Eggners Ferry Bridge was scheduled to be replaced by a new span in 2017. The timetable may now be moved forward.
THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE KENTUCKY DEPARTMENT OF TRAVEL
Capital Plaza Tower 22nd Floor, 500 Mero Street, Frankfort, KY 40601