In the letter, which is available on the NTSB’s web site, it is said that the state was warned by U.S. Coast Guard officials about downed lights on the bridge on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 – more than a month before Monday, Jan. 26 accident, wherein the M/V Delta Mariner hit the bridge, taking out of commission until Memorial Day weekend.
The letter recommends that the state take two actions: verify that navigational lighting on all 45 bridges over navigable waters in Kentucky are in working order, and develop inspection and maintenance procedures and train Kentucky Transportation Cabinet personnel in those procedures. The letter states that there is no such training required at the KyTC.
The letter goes on to say that KyTC District One supervisor didn’t seem to be familiar with the lighting requirements, particularly the requirement that white lights indicate the navigational span of the bridge.
The NTSB wants the state to respond within 90 days. Chuck Wolfe of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, who was “a little surprised by” and “took exception to” parts of the letter, said they probably won’t need 90 days to form a response.
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