Progress on New U.S. 60 Tennessee River Bridge | Transportation
PADUCAH, KY (KFVS) - Work continues to progress on the new U.S. 60 Tennessee River Bridge at Ledbetter.
Workers have started to install a new traffic signal at the McCracken County end and signs.
According to Kentucky transportation officials, drivers 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.
The new bridge is still on track to open in mid-summer, but officials say 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,” KYTC District 1 Chief Engineer Jim 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 to get the new bridge opened to two-way traffic ahead of the scheduled July 2014 opening date.
“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.
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