Old Ledbetter Bridge Moving Again
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH, KY -
The Old Ledbetter Bridge has moved again.
According to Keith Todd from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the bridge has moved another two inches since Monday. The western approach spans of the bridge dropped a few feet in the past 6 weeks.
Todd says the sliding of the spans was caused by the changes in temperatures during the winter months, as well as the unusually wet winter and spring.
But Todd says that even though the bridge coming down is big news, the more important issue is the bluff around the bridge. Todd says that plans were already in motion to tear the bridge down this year, but that the shifting of the bluff could be damaging to homes along the bluff line.
"Once the bridge is gone, the bluff will still be here and it will still be moving," Todd said Thursday morning.
Within the next two weeks contractors will be starting the demolition process of the bridge. The approach spans that are already falling will be the first to go.
Todd says the demolition project and removal of debris should be completed by December 1.