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Lane & 8 ft. Width Restriction on US 60 Cumberland River Bridge at SMITHLAND THIS MORNING

Lane & 8 ft. Width Restriction on US 60 Cumberland River Bridge at SMITHLAND THIS MORNING

Bill Stephens

June 30th, 2016

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NEWS RELEASE

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans a BRIEF lane and 8 ft. load width restriction on the US 60 Cumberland River Bridge at Smithland in LIVINGSTON County starting at approximately 9 a.m., THIS MORNING.

This daytime lane and 8 ft. maximum load width restriction on the US 60 Cumberland River Bridge at Smithland is to allow use of a snooper truck for some follow-up to last week’s detailed inspection of the structure.  The work zone restriction is expected to be in place for about TWO HOURS.

Motorists should be prepared to encounter one lane traffic with alternating flow controlled by flaggers.  Some minor delays are possible during the movement and positioning of equipment.  The 8 ft. load width restriction essentially limits the bridge to vehicles no wider than a pickup truck or large SUV.

The US 60 Cumberland River bridge at Smithland, also known as the Lucy Jefferson Lewis Memorial Bridge and the Smithland Bridge, is at US 60 Livingston County mile point 12.348.   The 1,817 ft. through truss structure was opened to traffic in 1931.   About 5,500 vehicles cross the bridge in an average day.

All Kentucky bridges get a detailed inspection every two years, with long-span bridges over lakes and rivers getting an additional walk-through inspection annually.

Motorists should use appropriate caution where equipment, flaggers, and maintenance personnel are along the roadway in close proximity to traffic flow.

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