2 lanes of new Ledbetter Bridge to open next week


Web Editor - Ryan Burkett

LEDBETTER, Ky. - The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the new US 60 Tennessee River Bridge at Ledbetter could be ready for two-lane traffic by next Wednesday.

KYTC Chief District Engineer Jim LeFevre says that while next week is the target, above average rainfall and other circumstances have made it difficult provide a specific date for the new bridge to open.

However, the opening of the bridge before it is completed creates a challenge. A "long-term temporary" connector from the new bridge span to US 60 will require two 90-degree turns just past the Livingston County end of the bridge. The KYTC says this could create problems for larger trucks traveling on the highway.

If the bridge is opened to two lanes of traffic by August 1, the contractor will collect about $2 million in incentives, according to the KYTC.

The new, four-lane bridge was originally scheduled to open in June 2014, but the construction schedule was moved up to allow the bridge to open sooner. The KYTC says all four lanes should be open by late fall or early spring.