Truss installed on Cumberland River Bridge

A 700-foot blue steel truss was floated upstream Monday, Sept. 12 to be attached to the new...
A 700-foot blue steel truss was floated upstream Monday, Sept. 12 to be attached to the new U.S. 60 Cumberland River Bridge.(Source: KFVS/Mike Mohundro)
Published: Sep. 13, 2022 at 3:42 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 14, 2022 at 3:29 PM CDT
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LIVINGSTON COUNTY, Ky. (KFVS) - Efforts to lift a 700-foot truss into place on the new Cumberland River Bridge resumed Wednesday, September 14 after crews had to stop Tuesday evening.

According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, just after 3 p.m., the truss “touched down” on the piers of the bridge.

They said the crew will begin removing the jacking towers to allow the flotilla to move away from the bridge. American Bridge hopes to have that phase of the work finished by 10 p.m. on Wednesday.

KYTC said the process of putting the truss in place was stopped 6:20 p.m. on Tuesday because a power unit for one of the lifting towers failed.

New U.S. 60 Cumberland River Bridge Truss Lift Efforts to lift the 700 ft truss into place on the new Smithland Bridge startedat 6:30 this morning. LIfting the 5.1 million pound truss into place has been progressing well, with only minor glitches. At noon, today, the truss had been elevated about 45 ft. Progress has slowed some. At this time it appears the truss will be ready to slide into place on the main piers sometime between 4 p.m., and 6 p.m. Stay tuned. Updates as appropriate. This video shows progress between 6:30 a.m., and noon.

Posted by KYTC District 1 on Tuesday, September 13, 2022

The public was invited to watch the process of the truss placement start at 8 a.m. Wednesday through 4 p.m.

The viewing area is located at the north end of the new bridge.

Access is immediately across from the Livingston County Fairgrounds, with parking along the new paved approach to the new bridge.

KYTC crews will be giving directions.

Spectators are asked to bring a lawn chair, water and to anticipate warm conditions.

The prime contractor, Jim Smith Contracting, will be able to begin the process of installing a concrete deck on the truss in a month or two.

The project has a cost of $63.8 million.

The bridge is expected to be ready in spring of 2023.

On Monday, the truss made its way up the river.