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W. Ky. Bridge Approach Falls

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LEDBETTER, Ky. (AP) -- The Transportation Cabinet says most of an approach to an old bridge over the Tennessee River in western Kentucky has fallen.

Officials have been monitoring the bridge since April, when they first noticed slippage. The structure dropped another foot on Friday.

Media cited Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd in reporting that two of the bridge' land-based piers and the spans they supported collapsed early Sunday. Another land-based pier is still standing, but is cracked and "severely leaning." It supports a lone approach span.

The Old Ledbetter Bridge is slated for demolition, but work on the project hasn't begun.

The bridge, which opened in 1931, was closed to traffic last July after a new bridge was completed.

The following photos are from photographer Mark D. McCoy.

 

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