PADUCAH, Ky. — Construction of the new U.S. 60 Cumberland River Bridge in western Kentucky will take a big step forward this month as crews plan to float a 700-foot steel truss up the river and install it, officials said.
The truss is expected to float from Paducah to the construction site at Smithland where it will be placed on atop the main piers on Sept. 12, 13 and 14, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. The dates are subject to change depending on weather and river conditions.
Security during the procedure will be tight, but a public viewing area will be available at the north end of the bridge construction site so people can watch the slow process of raising the truss and putting it into place, District 1 Chief Engineer Kyle Poat said.
There will be lane restrictions on the existing Cumberland River Bridge while the truss is being installed.
The $63.6 million project is expected to be completed next year.
The Associated Press is an independent global news organization dedicated to factual reporting. Founded in 1846, AP today remains the most trusted source of fast, accurate, unbiased news in all formats and the essential provider of the technology and services vital to the news business. The Trucker Media Group is subscriber of The Associated Press has been granted the license to use this content on TheTrucker.com and The Trucker newspaper in accordance with its Content License Agreement with The Associated Press.