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Second round of Ledbetter bridge demolished Wednesday

The demo of the first truss of the Old Ledbetter Bridge was on Sept. 16. (Source: Mark D. McCoy) The demo of the first truss of the Old Ledbetter Bridge was on Sept. 16. (Source: Mark D. McCoy)
(Source: KYTC) (Source: KYTC)
LIVINGSTON COUNTY, KY (KFVS) - A second truss section of the Old Ledbetter Bridge was demolition using controlled explosives at 8 a.m. on Wednesday.

The demolition team took down the second truss section of the 83-year-old structure nearest the Livingston County shoreline, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

The contractor precut the truss in key locations, and explosives were loaded onto the bridge on Tuesday. The cuts allowed the explosives to break the truss into about ten 40 ft. sections and knock the truss from the piers when detonated.

There will be a strictly enforced 1500 ft. clear zone around the blast site.

Property owners within the clear zone can stay in their homes, but cannot go outdoors in the hour prior to the blast.

The U.S. Coast Guard will halt traffic on the river about an hour prior to the blast.

Westbound traffic was restricted to one lane on the New US 60 Tennessee River Bridge starting at 6 a.m. Wednesday.

There will be no stopping on the new bridge to assure that traffic flow is maintained.

Commuters along this route should allow extra travel time.

Another controlled explosion will be required to bring down the center truss span of the Old Ledbetter Bridge, tentatively scheduled for Oct. 1.

The Old Ledbetter Bridge opened to traffic in 1931. US 60 traffic moved to the new bridge on July 31, 2013.

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