Deterioriating Asphalt Closes Fairmont Bridge

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Fairmont, W.Va. (AP) -- Fairmont officials are closing a bridge because deteriorating asphalt has made the span impassable.

The Fourth Street Bridge linking Walnut Avenue to Nuzum Place will close at 7 a.m. Friday and remain shut down until further notice.

Public works director Joe Feltz says the bridge has too many potholes to patch.

Feltz says fixing the bridge won't be easy. City officials originally planned to repave the span but most paving equipment is too heavy.

The bridge's weight limit is 3 tons.

The bridge is scheduled to be replaced in 2011-2012 through the state's bridge replacement program.

(Copyright 2010 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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