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Construction of Smithland, Ky. bridge expected to bring jobs to the area

Published: Aug. 16, 2021 at 11:47 AM CDT
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MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. (KFVS) - The construction of a new bridge in Smithland is expected to create 30 jobs during the next 18 months.

The Greater Paducah Economic Development is partnering with the Paducah McCracken County Riverport Authority announced the American Bridge Company and Jim Smith Contracting Company will be building portions of the new $63.6 million.

American Bridge will be using a portion of the Riverport’s facility and equipment to build sections of the bridge on barges. The sections will then by transported to Smithland on the Ohio River and assembled.

They will be using the riverport due to its location and equipment infrastructure.

The Paducah port is near the center of the nation’s 25,000 miles of inland waterways.

According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the bridge is running about 4 months ahead of schedule. However, KYTC District 1 Chief Engineer Kyle Poat has said on a 40-month project it is still early to jump up and down about the schedule at this point.

KYTC engineers expected deliveries of steel to the assembly site should start sometime in September.

The bid to build a new U.S. 60 Cumberland River Bridge at Smithland in Livingston County was approved by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet in June.

The new bridge will be built immediately downstream form the existing bridge.

It’s expected to be completed in 2023.

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