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Associated Press: Age, maintenance concern for Mich. bridges

Friday, August 01, 2008   (0 Comments)
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Nearly half of Michigan's bridges are at least 40 years old, causing some concern that their repair and maintenance bills could escalate substantially within the next few years. 


Like most states, Michigan has not significantly changed its bridge repair schedule or spending in the year since the I-35W bridge collapse in downtown Minneapolis killed 13 people. 


Michigan officials did conduct an extra inspection of their three highway bridges and a pedestrian bridge made in a similar style to the one that collapsed over the Mississippi River a year ago Friday. Each of the bridges was deemed safe for continued use. 


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