Traffic issues form after new Ledbetter Bridge opening


Reporter - Jason Hibbs
Photojournalist - David Dycus
Web Editor - Mason Stevenson

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. - The new Ledbetter Bridge is partially complete, but new traffic problems are just beginning.

While many drivers are excited about the U.S. 60 Tennessee River Bridge, the sentiments aren't universal.  That's because a whole host of new traffic signs, signals and turns are affecting traffic flow.

The changes aren't popular with commuter Ariel Smith.

"I actually live in Marshall County and I work in Paducah, and I really don't want to take the interstate because of all the construction," she said.

Now, her drive through Paducah's south side is slower.

Smith isn't the only one seeing problems.  Kentucky State Police Sergeant Michael Williams says it's a real a hassle.  "Some people don't really know the old bridge has been closed yet, some people are not from the area and they're not sure where to go."

Sergeant Williams wants drivers to use extra caution, because the changes are new to everyone.

The speed limit on the bridge is 35 miles per hour because crews are still working on the east bound lanes.  The entire bridge will be finished by mid-September.