Traffic Expected on New Bridge in Mid-Summer

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Kentucky transportation officials say the new U.S. 60 Tennessee River Bridge will likely be ready for traffic in mid-summer.

Jim LeFevre, the Transportation Cabinet's chief engineer in the region, says the new bridge at Ledbetter in western Kentucky is still on track to open well ahead of the original schedule. He says workers are making preparations to pour a deck on the new bridge's main truss span.

The updated timetable came in a regular progress report from the contractor. LeFevre says work is ahead of schedule on the approach spans, but progress on the main truss has been slowed by weather and delays in shipments of steel from mills and fabricators.

LeFevre says the new bridge is likely to be open to two-lane traffic almost a year ahead of the original schedule.

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