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Ledbetter Bridge

George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge

Ledbetter Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: November 2, 2013

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
US-60 Over Tennessee River
Location
Rural: McCracken County, Kentucky and Livingston County, Kentucky: United States
Structure Type
Metal 12 Panel Rivet-Connected Polygonal Warren Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Deck Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1931 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown and Engineer/Design: Modjeski and Masters

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
400 Feet (121.92 Meters)
Structure Length
3036.2 Feet (925.43 Meters)
Roadway Width
24 Feet (7.32 Meters)
Spans
3 Main Span(s) and 27 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
073B00004N

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge no longer exists!

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This historic bridge was replaced and then demolished in 2014 By Kentucky Transportation Cabinet!

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This bridge was a significant historic bridge because it featured three through truss spans, each with a noteworthy span length of around 400 feet. Additionally, the bridge was designed by noted engineering firm Modjeski and Masters. At the time of it was replaced with a new bridge, the bridge retained good historic integrity with no major alterations. The bridge was replaced with a plain and ugly looking modern truss bridge a distance south of the historic bridge. The new bridge lacks the geometric intricacy that conveys both beauty and complex craftsmanship which was found in the historic bridge. The new bridge's truss spans do not rise impressively above the roadway in an imposing manner as the historic truss bridge spans did.

The historic bridge remained standing for a year after the new bridge was completed. It could have been rehabilitated and left standing for pedestrian use, but was not. Instead, during this period where the bridge was closed to traffic but not demolished, some sort of landslide occurred which damaged the western approach spans, and since the bridge was slated for demolition anyway, no action was taken, and as a result  a couple of those approach spans collapsed shortly afterward. It was not long after that the bridge was actually demolished.

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Approach Collapse and Bridge Demolition
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Approach Collapse and Bridge Demolition
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Demolition: Western Truss Span
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Video from KYTC showing demolition of the western truss span. Streaming video of the bridge. Also includes a higher quality downloadable video for greater clarity or offline viewing.
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Demolition: Eastern Truss Span
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Video from KYTC showing demolition of the eastern truss span. Streaming video of the bridge. Also includes a higher quality downloadable video for greater clarity or offline viewing.
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Demolition: Center Truss Span
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Video from KYTC showing demolition of the center truss span. Streaming video of the bridge. Also includes a higher quality downloadable video for greater clarity or offline viewing.

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