Old Ledbetter Bridge Collapses


By Associated Press

UPDATED: 8:55 A.M. SUNDAY JUNE 22, 2014

LEDBETTER, KY -- The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says parts of the Old Ledbetter Bridge has collpased. 

Spokesperson Keith Todd says parts of the west approach spans on the Paducah side of the bridge are now on the ground. They fell around 2:10 a.m. Sunday morning. 

The bridge started heavily slipping on Friday. The 83-year-old structure has been closed since the end of last July, and traffic was moved to the new US 60 Tennessee River Bridge.

Transportation Cabinet engineers are now doing safety checks on the main truss over the river. Officials are urging the public to stay away from the area, especially the bluff near the bridge. There could be instability and land slippage along the bluff.



LEDBETTER, KY (AP) - The Transportation Cabinet says an old bridge over the Tennessee River in western Kentucky that is slated for demolition has dropped by another foot.

Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd says the slippage occurred early Friday at the Old Ledbetter Bridge between Paducah and Livingston County. He says a check of the bridge found a pier had moved causing the approach span deck above to drop.

Officials have been monitoring the bridge since April, when they first noticed slippage.

The bridge, which opened in 1931, was closed to traffic last July after a new bridge was completed.

Todd says a contractor began moving equipment this week to the bridge to prepare for an emergency demolition.

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