Saturday, March 10, 2012

Re-opening for Eggner's Ferry bridge set

The plan is for the Eggner's Ferry bridge over the Tennessee River to be re-opened by Memorial Day. The company that got the contract was the same one that did the repairs to the Sherman Minton Bridge over the Ohio River at Louisville.

Gallipolis Island

I see where the Fish and Wildlife Service has approached the city commission of Gallipolis, Ohio, about buying Gallipolis Island, a little five-acre island that lies just off the Ohio shore but, because of the way these things are figured, is really in West Virginia.

According to the article, the island is about five acres, although it used to be 88 acres. If that's the case, it must have been a pretty big place before the dams raised the river levels and erosion set in.

The article mentions that someone else owns the mineral rights to the island. About 30 years ago, I did a phone interview with the company that owned the rights. It wanted to dredge the island to get the sand and gravel there. The owner of the company told me the city owned the top of the island and he owned the bottom, and he wanted to take his part. But the island is still there.

Good question

Was the guy steering the Steven J. Mason this day in trouble with the Coast Guard?

You decide.