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Delaware Lawmakers To Be Briefed On Bridge Closure

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's transportation secretary will appear before state lawmakers next week to discuss the closing of the Interstate 495 bridge over the Christina River in Wilmington.
    
Lawmakers have scheduled a joint session of the Senate and House transportation committees next Wednesday to hear from transportation secretary Shailen Bhatt.
    
The bridge typically carries about 90,000 vehicles a day on an 11-mile bypass around Wilmington. It was closed June 2 because several supporting columns are tilting. Transportation officials said Tuesday that they hope to have the bridge at least partially reopened by Labor Day.
    
Repairs to the bridge are expected to cost at least $20 million and involve drilling new concrete-filled shafts into bedrock to support the structure. The federal government will pick up most of the cost of the repairs.

 

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