Spectators and officials watch Monday, Sept. 12, as the truss for the new U.S. 60 bridge over the Cumberland River in Smithland floats up the Ohio River atop support barges at the Paducah riverfront. Work crews will lower the truss into place today. The structure will replace the current Lucy Jefferson Memorial Bridge.

In 1931, when the Lucy Jefferson Memorial Bridge was constructed to span the Cumberland River in Livingston County, the Ford Model A was one of the most common vehicles, and the bridge carried a minimum of a 25-cent toll to cross.

“When that bridge was built, it was an absolute engineering marvel,” said Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd.