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Coast Guard reopens Tennessee River, no stopping

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LEDBETTER, KY (AP) - The Coast Guard says it has reopened the Tennessee River near Paducah to river traffic after engineers determined an old bridge that dropped 2 feet overnight wouldn't threaten river spans.
    
But Lt. Dan McQuate says no stops are being allowed in the area near the old Ledbetter Bridge between Paducah and Livingston County.
    
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd says inspectors are trying to determine what caused a drop on the west end of the bridge. Todd says two sections of the decking dropped about 2 feet.
    
Cabinet bridge engineer Harold Gibson told West Kentucky Star on Wednesday that the bridge is listing to one side and in danger of collapse.
    
A new bridge opened last July, almost a year ahead of schedule. It replaced the two-lane Ledbetter Bridge, which opened to traffic in 1931.
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