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Demolition of Old Ledbetter Bridge Continues

Oct 28, 2014

The demolition of the Old Ledbetter Bridge at Paducah continues as the final remains of the structure go down. The contractor has continued conventional demolition of the approach spans while engineers work on viable options for removing the in-water piers, which may take several weeks.  

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Contractors have demolished the third and final span of the Old Ledbetter Bridge with explosives.

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The first truss section of the old Ledbetter Bridge is scheduled for demolition next week, weather permitting. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says C.J. Mahan Construction Company will bring down the bridge’s left descending truss using controlled explosives Thursday September 11.

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The Barkley Navigation Lock is now open through September to visitors after more than a decade of being closed to the public.  

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Despite concerns over impacting the habitats of endangered bats and mussels, work will go ahead on renovating a Marshall County river port.


Engineering analysis work is continuing toward the start of demolition on the Old Ledbetter Bridge crossing the Tennessee River between Livingston and McCracken Counties. Revised demolition plans for the 83 year old structure were submitted to the U.S. Coast Guard for review last week.  

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Kentucky Transportation Officials hope to begin demolition of the old Ledbetter Bridge this week, weather permitting. KYTC spokesman Keith Todd said bridge demolition was originally planned for later in the summer, but was expedited when consistent heavy rain caused the bridge to drop more quickly than expected.

Old Ledbetter Bridge Sinks Farther Over Weekend

May 19, 2014

A sensor placed on the Old Ledbetter Bridge Friday by Kentucky Transportation Cabinet engineers and inspectors detected additional movement in west approach spans on the Old Ledbetter Bridge this weekend.  

Kentucky transportation officials say further movement has been detected in approach spans at the Old Ledbetter bridge over the Tennessee River. The Transportation Cabinet said Tuesday that the approach spans showed 2.25 inches of movement in the past 48 hours. 


Two species of freshwater mussels have been designated as endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The mussels are only found in portions of the Cumberland and Tennessee River systems.

The agency designated 24 critical habitats in Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia for the fluted kidneyshell, while 13 were designated for the slabside pearlymussel in Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Virginia.