- Associated Press - Monday, May 9, 2016

AURORA, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the demolition of a western Kentucky bridge could be delayed due to osprey eggs.

District 1 Chief Engineer Mike McGregor says despite efforts to keep the federally protected birds from building nests on the old bridge, officials have found osprey eggs on the steel structure. He says it could take weeks to determine if the eggs are viable.

Last month, a new bridge replaced the outdated Eggners Ferry span carrying U.S. 68/Kentucky 80 traffic over the Kentucky Lake-Tennessee River navigation channel and connects Aurora, Kentucky, to Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.

The statement says the U.S. Coast Guard has requested the older structure be removed as quickly as possible.

McGregor said the cabinet is working with agencies to determine “the best path forward.”

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