FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 5, 2012) — A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to place a lane restriction on the US 60 Tennessee River Bridge at Ledbetter starting on Saturday, April 7, 2012.
The lane restriction is to allow the replacement of a deck expansion joint as part of ongoing repairs to the bridge structure.
Plans call for an around the clock lane restriction with automated signals controlling alternating traffic flow to be set up around 9:00 a.m., CDT, on Saturday. The lane restriction is expected to remain in place through about 6:00 p.m., Friday, April 13, 2012, weather permitting.
During this phase of work the bridge will be restricted to a maximum 7.5 ft. load width. Travel delays should be minimal, generally less than 5 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 a 35 mile per hour speed limit on the bridge.
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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