Ledbetter Bridge One-Lane Until Concrete Repaired
By WestKyStar Staff
LEDBETTER, KY - A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will be restricting traffic to one lane on the US 60 Tennessee River Bridge at Ledbetter starting Friday, November 16.
KYTC Bridge Inspectors Jim Riddick and Steve Vick conducted a regular 30-day inspection of the bridge Thursday, which required a lane restriction for their safety. The bridge is being inspected every month until its replacement is constructed upstream. Work on that bridge is progressing well.
The around-the-clock lane restriction beginning Friday will have alternating traffic flow controlled by an automated signal, and is to allow concrete repairs on the bridge deck.
Back in April, a contractor repaired two pier pedestals on the existing bridge. At that time engineers said there were additional projects planned to maintain safety of the bridge while a new structure is being built upstream.
Starting about Noon on Friday, several sections of concrete will be repaired and replaced. The work is expected to take about two weeks to complete, weather permitting. The contractor is doing the repairs as quickly as possible to make it less likely weather would become an issue.
Motorists can expect about a 5 to 7 minute delay once the automated traffic signal is activated. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet engineers have asked the contractor to use flaggers during peak travel periods to help minimize traffic issues.
As a reminder, 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 only. 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.