Davis Motor Sales banner ad

ky trans light 300GRAND RIVERS, Ky. (3/22/13) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is prepared to seek felony charges for the theft of navigational light wiring on the KY 453 Canal Bridge at Grand Rivers. KYTC engineers say damage to the bridge lighting system could be up to $50,000.
 
Last year, KYTC personnel discovered the theft of about 25 feet of electrical wiring that supplied power to navigation lights on the structure. The incident was immediately reported to the U.S. Coast Guard and the wiring was repaired.
 
Investigators believe the most recent theft occurred in February. At the end of February, technicians making regular rounds discovered all the wire was stolen and the conduit and junction boxes required for the navigation lights to operate were destroyed.
 
KYTC District 1 Chief Engineer Jim LeFevre is asking anyone with information to contact the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, Kentucky State Police, or the U.S. Coast Guard.
 
“Theft of wiring and metal to sell for scrap is an ongoing problem for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, as it is for many businesses, churches and even individual homeowners across the Commonwealth,” LeFevre said. “As often as not, the amount of damage caused by the thieves far surpasses the amount of money they can hope to get from a scrap dealer. If we have to rebuild the entire electrical system on the Canal Bridge, we could be looking at up to $50,000 in time and materials to fully restore navigation lighting over this busy waterway. That is a criminal theft of taxpayer money.”
 
Lyon County Sheriff Kent Murphy, who is investigating the theft, says in return for what was likely less than a hundred dollars’ worth of scrap metal, the thieves jeopardized the safety of the public and will face felony charges, if caught.

canalbridge1

Today, for the safety of commercial river and pleasure boat traffic, bridge engineers and technicians placed solar-powered lights to mark the bridge piers and the midpoint of the navigation channel that runs beneath the structure. If the solar lights work out they may become a permanent fixture on the bridge.
 
The Canal Bridge, also known as the Between the Rivers Memorial Bridge, is at KY 453 Lyon County mile point zero, a few hundred yards south of the Lyon-Livingston county line at Grand Rivers. The bridge crosses the canal that connects Kentucky Lake with Lake Barkley and serves as the northern entrance to the Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area. About 1,200 vehicles cross the bridge in an average day.
 
In addition to felony state charges, federal charges could be added for destroying a navigation light that is critical for river traffic safety.
 
SurfKY News
Information provided by Keith Todd
Photo provided by SurfKY Graphics

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

In Other News...

WKCTC Scholarship Application Deadline is March 9

PADUCAH, Ky. (3/1/15) — The deadline to apply for a 2015-16 scholarship at West Kentucky Community and Technical… Read More

Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library Calendar Events

HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (3/2/15) — The following are upcoming events hosted by Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library.… Read More

Most Read This Week

February 25, 2015 7563

Multi-Agency Investigation Nets Large-Scale Meth…

in Top News For All Sites by Trooper Stu Recke
February 24, 2015 7382

Two Charged in Central City Meth Bust

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Trooper Stu Recke
February 22, 2015 7222

Easter Cuties Pageant in Memory of Shanice Bean

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
March 02, 2015 6736

Madisonville Teen Faces Numerous Drug Charges

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center
February 25, 2015 6145

New Asian Restaurant Coming to Madisonville

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Gary Gates, SurfKY News
February 23, 2015 5195

Fire Departments Respond to Wester's Body Shop

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Shawn Freels

Most Read This Month

February 12, 2015

UPDATE: Name of Pennyrile Fatality Officially…

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
February 09, 2015

Police Pursue Man after Fight at Taco Bell

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center

Stories Trending Today

March 02, 2015 6736

Madisonville Teen Faces Numerous Drug Charges

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center
March 01, 2015 1804

HCCHS Student Has Unique Eye for Art

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
March 01, 2015 1735

4H Penguin Plunge Draws Hundreds to Poolside

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
March 02, 2015 1606

HCSO, MPD Join to Bust Alleged Drug Trafficking…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Hopkins County Sheriff's Office
March 02, 2015 1568

Officers Respond to Complaint of Drug Use; Arrest…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Hopkins County Sheriff's Office/Hopkins County Detention Center
March 01, 2015 1308

Legislator's Log - Week of March 1, 2015

in General News For All Sites by Brent Yonts
March 01, 2015 1288

Dave Says - March 1, 2015

in General News For All Sites by Dave Ramsey
March 01, 2015 1261

Whitfield Meets with American Financial Services…

in General News For All Sites by Robert Hankins
March 01, 2015 1254

Libraries’ Drawing Contest Begins March 2

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Amie Waltrip
March 01, 2015 1219

Kentucky Offers Tax Credit to Small Business…

in General News For All Sites by Joe Hall