Opening for new U.S. 60 Tennessee River Bridge at Ledbetter pushed back


Web Editor - Mason Stevenson

PADUCAH, Ky. – The partial opening of a new bridge in western Kentucky won’t happen as planned.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials say the new U.S. 60 Tennessee River Bridge at Ledbetter won’t be ready for two-lane traffic until mid-summer.  Officials planned for it to open in May of this year.

KYTC District 1 Chief Engineer Kim LeFevre blamed the weather and delayed steel deliveries for slowing workers’ progress.

The setback also has financial consequences for the company in-charge of bridge construction.

Transportation officials negotiated an incentive package as part of the deal reached with Kay & Kay/Haydon Brothers.  It says that if the company could open the bridge to two-lane traffic 14-months ahead of schedule, they would receive $3.8 million dollars.

Since that won’t happen, the state plans to deduct $19,000 per day from the incentive fund until the bridge opens to two-lane traffic.  That begins May 1st.

If it’s not open by September 1st, the company won’t receive the incentive money.

If the bridge opens as it is now projected to do, not only will Kay & Kay/Haydon Brothers claim the incentive money, but the bridge would open almost a year ahead of schedule.