Thursday, Dec 5, 2013
Repairs Delayed For Collapsed Bridge
JEFFERSON COUNTY -- Leaders say it may be up to a year before a collapsed bridge in Jefferson County is reopened.
The bridge on Panzier Lane in Woodlawn collapsed earlier this month right after semi-truck drove across it.
The 36-year old structure received a satisfactory rating on a national evaluation last year but county engineers now say rusted steel at the base of the bridge likely caused the collapse.
"The steel structure and steel support that held up the bridge were exposed to water," said Jefferson County board chairman Robert White. "Nineteen-seventy-six and 1977 were the only years they allowed steel to be exposed and not be encased in concrete and that bridge happened to be built during that time."
Jefferson County leaders estimate it will cost up to $600,000 to replace the bridge. The county is currently working to get the funding from the state.
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