Thursday, July 2, 2015
Ledbetter Bridge down to one lane Monday
The daytime work zone lane restriction is to allow a detailed inspection of the bridge structure. All Kentucky bridges get a detailed inspection every two years with long-span bridges over lakes and rivers getting an extra walk-through inspection annually.
The inspection will include climbers, the use of an 80-foot manlift and placement of a Snooper Truck on the bridge deck to allow inspectors to examine all of the bridge structure.
Motorists should use caution in the work zone where equipment, flaggers and inspection personnel will be on the bridge deck in close proximity to traffic flow. All traffic will be moved to the left-hand lane in this work zone. Motorists can expect to encounter lane restrictions on the bridge each day between approximately 8 a.m. and about 4 p.m. The inspection work is expected to take about a week to complete, weather permitting.
As a reminder, the posted speed limit on the bridge is 45 mph. Due to continued reports of motorists speeding on the bridge, KyTC has requested an enhanced enforcement presence during this inspection work. The new U.S. 60 Tennessee River Bridge, also known as the Ledbetter Bridge, connects McCracken County to Livingston County between Paducah and Ledbetter. The bridge was opened to traffic in July 2013 and now carries approximately 7,300 vehicles across the Tennessee River in an average day.
Timely traffic advisories for the 12 counties of KyTC Highway District 1 are available by going to www.facebook.com/kytcdistrict1. You do not have to be a Facebook member to access this page.
Navigate traffic with KyTC, www.511.ky.gov, and Waze.