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Bridge opening a year ahead of schedule

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'Old" Ledbetter bridge 'Old" Ledbetter bridge
'New' bridge in construction. 'New' bridge in construction.
Gov. Steve Beshear joined dignitaries at the ceremony (Source: Don Frazier) Gov. Steve Beshear joined dignitaries at the ceremony (Source: Don Frazier)
Grand ceremony at the bridge site (Source: Don Frazier) Grand ceremony at the bridge site (Source: Don Frazier)
Grand ceremony at the bridge site (Source: Don Frazier) Grand ceremony at the bridge site (Source: Don Frazier)

LEDBETTER, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear and other officials are celebrating the grand opening of the new U.S. 60 Tennessee River Bridge in western Kentucky on Wednesday.

The four-lane bridge was originally scheduled to open next July, but state transportation officials and the contracting team came up with a plan 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 span replaces the two-lane Ledbetter Bridge, which was built 82 years ago.

Governor Steve Beshear was joined by local officials and ceremonially opened the U.S. 60 Tennessee River bridge on the Livingston County side of the bridge site.

"Motorists, including farmers and hundreds of daily commuters, have long awaited the opening of this bridge, which connects the important economic corridor between U.S. 60 and U.S. 62," said Gov. Beshear. "I want to congratulate the team of Kay & Kay Construction Co. and Haydon Bridge Co. for their hard work to get this bridge opened to traffic efficiently and ahead of schedule."

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