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Construction on US 60 Tennessee River Bridge enters new stage

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY (KFVS) -

Construction work on the New US 60 Tennessee River Bridge at Ledbetter moved into a new phase on Friday.

According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, steel workers have taken the first steps putting up steel on the McCracken County end of the new bridge.

KYTC engineers are reporting that around 25-percent of the main truss has been erected.  And around 400 feet of the new structure is now visible on the east end of the new bridge.

According to KYTC,  on Friday, contractors started at Pier seven on the McCracken County side and will work back toward the western side.   They say this will eventually allow structural steel for the main span to be erected over the river channel in coming months.

Also starting about 4 a.m., Monday morning, workers plan to pour concrete on another section of the east approach spans.   Engineers say reinforcing steel has been tied together and is awaiting fresh concrete.  

Transportation officials say the delivery of concrete to the site from Calvert City will cause extra truck traffic along KY 453, KY 937, and US 60 through Livingston County during the day Monday.

According to KYTC, there are four contractors at work on the new bridge that have about 40 to 50 employees working at any given time. Officials say warmer weather is expected to allow the pace of work to gradually increase moving into the summer construction season.

The new $92 million 4-lane bridge is on track for completion in mid-2014.

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