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Chaos Erupts As New Roundabout Opens in Northeastern Kentucky
Posted: 26-Apr-2021 9:16PM CDT

Drone footage shows the chaos which ensued when a new "mini-roundabout" opened at the intersection of US 60 and KY 801 near the community of Farmers at the Bath and Rowan County Line. Numerous vehicles are shown driving on the left approach and traversing the roundabout in a clockwise direction.

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[US 60]
First Approach Deck Concrete Pour on New U.S. 60 Cumberland River Bridge at Smithland
Posted: 19-Apr-2021 12:50PM CDT

From Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 1:

First Approach Deck Concrete Pour on New U.S. 60 Cumberland River Bridge at Smithland
Project continues to be ahead of schedule
PADUCAH, Ky. (April 16, 2021) — Construction of the New U.S. 60 bridge over the Cumberland River at Smithland, in Livingston County, reached another milepost ahead of schedule this week.
Jim Smith Contracting, prime contractor on the $63.6 million project, poured concrete on the two south approach spans this week and expects arrival and placement of additional beams for the north approach spans later this month.
KYTC District 1 Chief Engineer Kyle Poat says he and other engineers supervising the project are pleased with progress so far.
“Work continues to appear to be a month or two ahead of schedule,” Poat said. “That’s good, although on a project with a 40-month construction schedule, it's a bit early to do much celebrating.”
Jim Smith Contracting plans to begin construction on footers for the main piers nearest the river bank after the spring flood season in early May. The construction schedule calls for moving traffic to the new bridge in spring 2023.
Steel for the main truss has been ordered and should start arriving this summer. The 700-foot main span will be assembled off-site, beginning this fall, then floated to the construction site by barge and lifted into place in fall 2022.
The new bridge will have a 40-foot-wide, two-lane deck with 12-foot-wide driving lanes and 6-foot-wide shoulders, allowing motor vehicles to share the bridge with most farm equipment.
In addition to providing a significant link for U.S. 60 through western Kentucky, the new bridge will maintain a critical connection for Livingston County, which is divided by the Cumberland River.
The new bridge will replace a span built in 1931 and known as the Lucy Jefferson Lewis Memorial Bridge or Smithland Bridge.

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