Delaware officials: bridge review finds no threats

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Associated Press

Posted on June 12, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 12 at 3:15 PM

DOVER, Del. (AP) — State officials say vehicles and materials found stored under several major bridges in Delaware after the emergency closure of an interstate bridge did not pose any threats to safety.

Transportation Secretary Shailen Bhatt (SHAY-lin Baht) ordered the review after engineers determined that a massive dirt mound dumped next to the I-495 bridge over the Christina River in Wilmington may have caused underground soils to move, resulting in damage to several bridge columns.

A review of 29 other major bridges found that 14 had dirt, materials or vehicles stored underneath or within 100 feet of them.

But officials said Thursday that they don't believe anything they found under those bridges presented a safety issue.

Engineers are working on a $20 million plan to reopen the I-495 bridge by Labor Day.

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