Tennessee River traffic stopped after bridge drops

LEDBETTER, KY (AP) - Traffic on the Tennessee River has been halted because of a shift in the old Ledbetter Bridge between Paducah and Livingston County.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd says inspectors are checking on what caused a drop on the west end of the bridge. Todd says two sections of the decking dropped about 2 feet.

McCracken County Sheriff Jon Hayden confirmed Wednesday that boat and barge traffic was stopped after the overnight drop.

Hayden said cabinet engineers began inspecting the bridge Wednesday morning, the Army Corps of Engineers was notified and geological experts from the University of Kentucky were called.

A new bridge opened last July, almost a year ahead of schedule. It replaces the two-lane Ledbetter Bridge, which was opened to traffic in 1931.

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