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June 5, 2014

Investigators say contractor's dirt pile likely caused Delaware bridge to tilt

  • The bridge is closed until engineers figure out how to brace it so that 90,000 vehicles can safely cross it daily.
    Associated Press

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    Surveyors stand near a tilting support column that is holding up the I-495 bridge. The mountain of dirt to the right is being removed.

    DOVER, Del. — State transportation officials said Wednesday that they believe a contractor is responsible for dumping a massive mound of dirt suspected of shifting the ground underneath an interstate highway bridge and forcing its closure.

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