Welcome

Thank you for visiting paducahsun.com, the online home of The Paducah Sun.

Calendar
June 2012
S M T W T F S
27 28 29 30 31 01 02

Click here to submit an event.

Bridge razing to cost $5.62 million

BY DAVID ZOELLER dzoeller@paducahsun.com

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials have finalized plans to demolish the old Ledbetter bridge, which spans the Tennessee River from McCracken to Livingston counties.

The 83-year-old structure, which has been closed to traffic since July 2013, has become unstable because of land slippage along the McCracken County river bank following recent heavy rain. While the main truss spans are stable, two spans near the west approach decking have dropped more than 5 feet, according to the cabinet.

Haydon Bridge Co. and Kay and Kay Construction Co., who jointly built the new U.S. 60 Tennessee River bridge, will demolish the old structure under a change order to its contract totaling $5.62 million. Work is to begin immediately, with the first step being to bring in  equipment and conduct an engineering analysis.

The cabinet had already let bids for the demolition, but looked at different options when those bids came in $3 million higher than the $5.4 million estimate.Work is to begin June 10 and scheduled to be completed by Dec. 1.

"It's going to take awhile, most people don't realize," said Keith Todd, Transportation Cabinet spokesman. "It's more of a deconstruction. There will be some implosions, but a lot of other parts will be taken down piece by piece."

According to Todd, one of the goals is to keep the river open to traffic as much as possible. The process will allow time to consult with the U.S. Coast Guard as the project progresses and try to avoid closing the river for long periods at once.

On Thursday, a seismic sensor was attached to the bridge to alert inspectors of major movement in the sagging approach spans.

The old bridge opened to traffic in 1931.  It was reduced to a 3-ton load limit in January 2012, which led to expedited opening of the new bridge on July 31, 2013.

Comments made about this article - 0 Total

Comment on this article

Your comment has been submitted for approval
captcha 4fcb42e18d55481f9bc30c8d8d0e2c48
Top Classifieds
  • AKC Papered Lab Pups For Sale! 7 week ... Details
  • PILLOWTOP Mattress Sets, NEW in plast ... Details
  • RUNNING, fixable, junk vehicles, equi ... Details
  • SEEING is believing! Don't buy p ... Details
  • Corner Lot, 1 acre Kevil $16,500 2704 ... Details
  • 1 brm & bath w/ hardwood flrs, fi ... Details
  • StarCraft V-bottom 16 ft. wide & ... Details
  • Beautiful 1985 Mercedes sports coupe ... Details
  • JOE'S BACKHOESERVICE Install &am ... Details
  • Bluegrass Honda has an Automotive Tec ... Details
This Week In Photos
Most Popular
  1. Purchase sports memos
  2. Local sports schedule
  3. Adams selected Lowes principal
  1. Paducah woman cited for prostitution
  2. Marshall says 'yes' to alcohol
  3. Cat hoarding case has date
  1. Purchase sports memos
  2. Local sports schedule
  3. Adams selected Lowes principal
Discussion

Check out these recently discussed stories and voice your opinion...