Wiring taken from bridge, cabinet tries solar

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Associated Press

Posted on March 22, 2013 at 7:01 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 22 at 7:01 AM

GRAND RIVERS, Ky. (AP) — Solar-powered lights have been placed on a western Kentucky bridge while authorities try to find who is responsible for removing wiring from the bridge's navigational lights.

Engineers with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet say damage could be up to $50,000, and the cabinet says it's prepared to seek charges in the matter.

Meanwhile, engineers and technicians placed solar-powered lights on the Kentucky 453 Canal Bridge at Grand Rivers, the northern entrance to the Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area.

The solar lights are being used to mark the bridge piers and the midpoint of the navigation channel underneath for the safety of commercial river and pleasure boat traffic.

The cabinet says if the solar lights work out, they may become a permanent fixture.

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