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First section of Old Ledbetter Bridge truss to be demolished

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    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has arranged for emergency demolition of the old U.S. 60 bridge over the Tennessee River between McCracken and Livingston Counties.
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MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY (KFVS) -

The first truss section of the Old Ledbetter Bridge is scheduled to be demolished using controlled explosives on Thursday, Sept. 11, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Thursday, the U.S. Coast Guard listed 18 conditions needed for its approval of a blasting plan submitted by the contracting company. The contractor said he can meet the conditions and will start preparations Monday, Sept. 8.

"This will be the first of three controlled explosions required to bring down each of the truss spans," said KYTC District 1 Chief Engineer Mike McGregor. "We will need a high level of cooperation from the Coast Guard, area law enforcement, nearby residents, and the public."

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will assist by providing traffic control around the site.

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