Lane restrictions planned during Ledbetter Bridge inspection Friday
PADUCAH - The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans a lane and width restriction on the US 60 Tennessee River Bridge at Ledbetter Friday afternoon.
The lane and load width restriction is to allow continuing inspection work on the bridge structure. The bridge is restricted to a three-ton load limit and is on an accelerated inspection schedule.
Due to the use of a work platform on the bridge deck, there will be a maximum vehicle width of 7.5 ft. Most vehicles wider than that would already be excluded from crossing the bridge by the three-ton load limit.
Motorists can expect to encounter one lane traffic with alternating flow controlled by flaggers between noon and 4 pm, Friday. Delays should be minimial, generally less than four minutes. However, some longer disruptions may occasionally be possible during the movement and placement equipment in the work zone.
Motorists should use appropriate caution in the work zone where equipment, flaggers, and inspection personnel will be on the bridge deck in close proximity to traffic flow. Again, no vehicles over 7.5 ft. wide will be allow to cross the bridge during this inspection work.
The bridge is on an accelerated inspection schedule. It will now be examined by inspectors every 30 days. The three-ton load limit is to help maintain the safety of the 81 year old bridge while a new $93 million bridge is being constructed 1500 ft. upstream.
Construction of the new bridge is expected to be complete in Mid-2014.