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Division of Highways inspecting area bridges this week

December 18, 2018

The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON - The West Virginia Division of Highways is conducting routine inspections of area bridges this week that may cause some traffic delays due to lane closures.

The inspections began Monday with the Nick Joe Rahall Bridge (17th Street West/U.S. 52 to Ohio).

Tuesday begins inspections of the Frank “Gunner” Gatski Memorial Bridge (East Huntington Bridge/Huntington into Proctorville) and the Col. Justice M. Chambers Bridge (U.S. 60 at the Wayne/Cabell county line).

The East Huntington bridge inspection will continue through Thursday. One lane of traffic will be maintained from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In October, a lower weight limit was imposed on the bridge after a routine inspection found irregularities in the structural elements and possible advanced deterioration of some of the cables. The weight limit has been reduced to 20 tons gross load, which only affects large semi-trucks, and will remain in effect until the additional inspection of the structure is completed, according to DOT.

The Chambers bridge inspection will begin Tuesday night and continue to Thursday morning. Work hours will be 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction.

One lane of traffic was maintained during Monday’s inspection of the Rahall bridge.

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