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U.S. transportation chief visits Delaware bridge

State officials ordered the emergency closure of the I-495 bridge over the Christina River in Wilmington on June 2 after discovering that the columns were tilting. Foxx was to tour the site Friday afternoon.

The Associated Press

6/13/2014

WILMINGTON, Del. — U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is getting a look at an interstate bridge in Delaware that is closed because of damage to several supporting columns.

State officials ordered the emergency closure of the I-495 bridge over the Christina River in Wilmington on June 2 after discovering that the columns were tilting. Foxx was to tour the site Friday afternoon.

Engineers believe that a massive dirt mound dumped next to the bridge may have caused underground soils to shift, damaging nearby columns.

Federal officials already have made $2 million in emergency funding available to the state, and federal taxpayers will pay most of the repair costs, which are expected to total at least $20 million.

State officials are hoping to have the bridge at least partially reopened by Labor Day.

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