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June 19, 2014

Feds blame dirt pile for tilting bridge

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Federal highway officials have confirmed suspicions that a large dirt pile dumped near an interstate bridge in Delaware is to blame for damage to several supporting columns and the emergency closure of the heavily traveled span.

In a letter formally approving emergency relief funds to repair the Interstate 495 bridge over the Christina River in Wilmington, the Federal Highway Administration also said the bridge's design and construction met applicable standards, and that it appears the bridge has been properly maintained and inspected.

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