Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Webster
Davis Motor Sales banner ad

Traffic Signal Installation Indication of Progress on New U.S. 60 Tennessee River Bridge

bridge US60PADUCAH, Ky. (6/15/13) – Work continues to progress on the new U.S. 60 Tennessee River Bridge at Ledbetter. Work to install a new traffic signal at the McCracken County end and signs are the newest pieces of the puzzle to start moving into place.
 
Motorists are reminded to use caution while traveling U.S. 62 at McCracken County mile point 13.588 near what will eventually be the new intersection of U.S. 60 and U.S. 62 at a former crossover for Ashland Road.
 
While the new bridge is still on track to open in mid-summer, KYTC District 1 Chief Engineer Jim LeFevre emphasized there is still a lot of work to complete.
 
“We can’t project an opening date until we get several weeks out from adding traffic to the new bridge, and even then there will be a long checklist to work through,” LeFevre said. “We should be able to assess the remaining work in late-July which will then allow us to reasonably estimate an opening date.”
 
In November 2012, transportation officials negotiated a $3.8 million incentive package with the contractor, Kay & Kay/Haydon Brothers, to get the new bridge opened to two-way traffic ahead of the scheduled July 2014 opening date.
 
Starting May 1, the state has deducted $19,000 per day, or $791.66 per hour from the incentive fund. If two-lane traffic is not running on the new bridge by Sept. 1, the contractor will not receive any of the incentive package.
 
LeFevre emphasized the need for patience as work continues.
 
“We are committed to construct this new bridge so it can last 100 years,” LeFevre said. “We will not take any short cuts that might create safety issues for the public. As soon as we can calculate a date for moving traffic to the new bridge we’ll share it. Meanwhile, we’re asking everyone to remain patient in the knowledge that we are making progress each and every day.”
 
Before traffic can be allowed on the bridge, the remainder of the bridge deck and the concrete barrier walls must be poured.
 
The contractor still has about 626 feet of bridge deck to pour. Once deck installation is complete the contractor will have to finish pouring concrete barrier walls along the deck before traffic can be allowed on the bridge.
 
Some of the time saved on the project comes from placing 2-lane traffic on the new bridge while half of the truss is being painted, then shifting traffic to allow painting of the rest of the steel superstructure. Painters have already completed some areas of the steel truss with a three coat paint system, with the final coat being a light green.
 
Accelerating completion of the new bridge was considered the best option after the load limit on the existing 82-year-old bridge had to be reduced to 3 tons in January 2012. The load limit restricts the aging structure to passenger vehicles and unloaded standard pickup trucks.
 
Updated information about the Ledbetter Bridge, will be posted for the public at www.facebook.com/kytcdistrict1. This site is your source for timely and reliable information about the Ledbetter Bridge.
 
SurfKY News
Information provided by Keith Todd (Kentucky Transportation Cabinet)

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

button coupons
button classifieds

In Other News...

Lakes Area Players Chosen Among All-WKC Team

LAKES, Ky. (11/28/14) — All-WKC football teams announced The 2014 All-Western Kentucky Conference football teams have… Read More

Civil War Comes to The Homeplace

GOLDEN POND, Ky. (11/27/14) — Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area presents Civil War Comes to The… Read More

Most Read This Week

November 22, 2014 5509

One Injured in Two Vehicle Collision in Greenville

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Miria Thomas
November 24, 2014 3718

Two Charged for Possession of Meth After…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by MCSO/PIO Alex Piper
November 21, 2014 3619

Kentucky Employers to Save About $112 million

in General News For All Sites by Cathy Lindsey
November 25, 2014 2903

Call for Help Results in Arrest for Possession of…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
November 25, 2014 2793

Madisonville Man Charged for Selling Cocaine

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
November 22, 2014 2789

Greenville Representatives Taking Part in Austin,…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
November 21, 2014 2604

KSP Announces 'Cram the Cruiser' to Feed the…

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Stu Recke
November 22, 2014 2601

SAR Planning 'Triple' Revolutionary War Patriot…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Geoff Baggett
November 24, 2014 2584

Hopkins County Sheriff's Reports Released

in Hopkins News by Sheila Hopper
November 24, 2014 2515

Madisonville Police Charge Woman with Terroristic…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department

Stories Trending Today

November 26, 2014 1983

Greene Leaf Boutique Offers Style for Less

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
November 26, 2014 1536

Madisonville Man Charged with Selling Cocaine

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Lt. William W. Poe
November 27, 2014 1525

Sons of American Revolution Hold Triple Grave…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Geoff Baggett
November 27, 2014 1423

Caretender's Staff Cares About Feeding Needy…

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
November 28, 2014 1422

Authorities Searching for Missing Muhlenberg Man

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by MCSO PIO Alex Piper
November 26, 2014 1417

Don't Let Your Thanksgiving Go Up in Smoke

in General News For All Sites by Kip Diggs
November 27, 2014 1387

MCTI Presents 'The Santaland Diaries'

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
November 27, 2014 1340

MSA Thanksgiving Food Box Drive

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Joyce Riggs
November 26, 2014 1334

Thanksgiving is Top Day for Cooking Fires

in Top News For All Sites by Ricki Gardenhire
November 26, 2014 1193

Gift Exchange Dos and Don'ts

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News

SurfKY News Group, Inc.
Corporate Office & Studio
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431
270.452.2727 (phone)
  •  270.452.2249 (fax)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social fbsocial twsocial yt
social gpsocial flrsocial rss