The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says a bridge inspector may have thwarted an attempt to steal a metal placard—which is the latest incident a trend of metal thefts.
A news release says the historic placard was at the Old U.S. 60 Tennessee River Bridge at Ledbetter in memory of Revolutionary War hero George Rogers Clark.
District 1 Engineer Dan Lefevre says the bolts were found loosened when the inspector was taking inventory of the bridge and they believe someone intended to come back and take the metal placard. It has since been removed by the state and stored at the district office.
Officials say there have been railings, drain gratings, signs, copper wiring and navigational lights stolen from bridges across the region in recent months. In the most extreme case, steel beams were stolen from under a county bridge a few years ago.
Police continue to seek leads on the theft of navigational lights and wiring valued at $50,000 from the KY 453 Canal Bridge at the northern entrance to the Land Between the Lakes. The Highway Department is asking the public and area recycling yards to report anyone who brings in materials that do not appear to be a legitimate salvage operation