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Thu January 19, 2012
Enforcement Being Stepped up at Western Ky. bridge
By Todd Hatton
Murray, KY – Law enforcement officials are keeping a closer watch on a western Kentucky bridge where a new weight limit has been imposed. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd says law enforcement agencies have received reports of overweight vehicles crossing the Tennessee River bridge between Paducah and Livingston County on U.S. 60. A 3-ton limit was imposed this month to assure traffic safety while a new bridge is built about 1,500 feet upstream. That bridge is expected to be complete in 2014. The old bridge was built in 1931. The weight restriction means tractor-trailer truck drivers must make a 120-mile detour. Officers say a basic citation for violating the load limit carries a fine and court costs of $245, with additional fines possible for drivers of commercial vehicles.