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Bridge maintenance not a big problem

By Seth Burkett
sburkett@decaturdaily.com 340-2355

With maintenance more than two weeks under way on the Interstate 65 bridge spanning the Tennessee River, repairs don't seem to have created unusual traffic problems.

State trooper Sgt. Tim White said a wreck Tuesday morning between a tractor-trailer and two other vehicles was the second accident in the area since repairs began April 2.

"That's nothing more than normal for the river bridge," White said.

The Alabama Department of Transportation closes one lane in each direction from about 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, White said. Troopers are assisting with traffic control.

No one was injured in the 10:40 a.m. wreck, and the crash did not result in a road closure.

"I think having troopers up there already was what helped us get that cleaned up pretty quick and get traffic back to moving," White said.

A three-vehicle wreck April 3 sent two people to the hospital.

According to DOT, the maintenance work could take several weeks to repair general wear and tear, and repair caps, girders and stress fractures on the bridge.

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