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Ledbetter Bridge Open Again After Tow Boat Collision

Ledbetter Bridge
Ledbetter Bridge

The U.S. 60 Ledbetter Bridge is open again after a tow boat struck one of the bridge’s piers Monday afternoon. 

Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd says highway engineers were working nearby and responded to the incident immediately. Todd says after an initial inspection that halted traffic for around 15 minutes, the engineers conducted a more detailed inspection beneath the bridge.

The Ledbetter bridge is more than 80 years old and carriers nearly 8,000 vehicles per day. The bridge is currently limited to a three ton load limit, while a new bridge is constructed nearby.

Chad Lampe, a Poplar Bluff, Missouri native, was raised on radio. He credits his father, a broadcast engineer, for his technical knowledge, and his mother for the gift of gab. At ten years old he broke all bonds of the FCC and built his own one watt pirate radio station. His childhood afternoons were spent playing music and interviewing classmates for all his friends to hear. At fourteen he began working for the local radio stations, until he graduated high school. He earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology at Murray State, and a Masters Degree in Mass Communication. In November, 2011, Chad was named Station Manager in 2016.
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