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Halfway Bridge repairs to cost about $160,000

September 03, 2004|by TARA REILLY

Repairs to a Halfway Boulevard bridge, which was damaged by a truck hauling trash bins on July 10, will cost an estimated $160,000, Washington County Chief Engineer Terry McGee said Wednesday.

McGee said the driver of the truck was traveling under the bridge after making a stop at Valley Mall when rails on the truck hit steel beams on the bridge above, shearing off "a bunch of bolts."

"He broke bolts everywhere," McGee said.

One lane on the bridge, above the damaged section, was shut down as a safety precaution, McGee said.

"The one lane we do not believe is safe, but the other stuff is fine," McGee said.

McGee said the county expects to receive bids from contractors interested in repairing the bridge on Sept. 15.

The county anticipates work to begin in mid-October and to continue for 60 to 90 days, McGee said.

The truck's insurance company will pay for the repairs, McGee said.

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