Demolition work planned this week on first truss section of old western Kentucky bridge


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LEDBETTER, Kentucky — Work is expected to begin in western Kentucky this week to demolish the first truss section of an old bridge near Paducah.

The Ledbetter Bridge, which opened in 1931, was closed to traffic last July after a new U.S. 60 bridge was completed over the Tennessee River between McCracken and Livingston counties.

The U.S. Coast Guard has given 18 conditions to be met before it approves a blasting plan. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says C.J. Mahan Construction Co. has indicated it can meet the conditions and will start preparations Monday to bring down the left descending truss on Thursday.

Three controlled explosions are required to bring down the truss spans. The state says the expected schedule calls for boat traffic on the Tennessee River to be halted early Thursday.

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