Ledbetter Bridge lane restrictions set for Friday

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LEDBETTER, Ky. - A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to place a lane restriction on the US 60 Tennessee River Bridge at Ledbetter on Friday, weather permitting.  

The lane restriction is to allow the removal of some of the rigging on the bridge that is part of ongoing repair and inspection work on the structure.

When the rigging work is able to proceed, a lane restriction with alternating traffic flow controlled by flaggers will be in place on the bridge from about 7:30 a.m., CDT, to about 4:00 p.m.  Delays should be minimal, generally less than 4 minutes.

Motorists should be alert for equipment, flaggers, and maintenance personnel on the bridge deck in close proximity to traffic flow.  Appropriate caution is required.

The bridge is currently posted with a strictly enforced 3-ton load limit which essentially limits traffic on the bridge to passenger vehicles and unloaded standard pick-up trucks.  An enhanced police presence continues to be maintained to enforce the 3-ton load limit and 35 mile per hour speed limit on the bridge. 

Starting Friday, April 6th, the US 60 Tennessee River Bridge will be restricted to one lane traffic around the clock with alternating flow controlled by an automated signal.  Traffic delays should be less than 5 minutes.  The one lane traffic should remain in place around the clock through April 13th to allow the replacement of a deck expansion joint.  During this phase of work the bridge will be restricted to a maximum 7.5 ft. load width. 

Intech, Inc., of Lexington, is the prime contractor on this $94,974 bridge repair project.

Also known as the George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge and The Ledbetter Bridge, the US 60 Tennessee River Bridge connects McCracken County to Livingston County between Paducah and Ledbetter.  The bridge is at US 60 Livingston County mile point 0.0 and McCracken County mile point 19.718.  The bridge was opened to traffic in 1931 and normally carries approximately 7,800 vehicles across the Tennessee River in an average day.

A new bridge is already under construction about 1500 ft. upstream from the 81 year old structure.  The new bridge is expected to be ready for traffic in Mid-2014.

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