Bridge May Open Soon for 2-Lane Traffic

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PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky transportation officials say the new U.S. 60 Tennessee River Bridge in western Kentucky may be ready for two-lane traffic around the middle of next week.

Jim LeFevre, the region's chief engineer for the state highways department, says the rainy weather has made it difficult for the contractor to be specific about when the new bridge at Ledbetter will be ready for traffic.

The new four-lane bridge originally was scheduled to open in July 2014. But state transportation officials and the contracting team devised a way to get the bridge partially opened, with two lanes of traffic, ahead of schedule.

The bridge is an important river crossing for commuters and commerce in Livingston and McCracken counties.

The new bridge replaces the two-lane Ledbetter Bridge, which was built 82 years ago.

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