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Repairs In Progress At Paoli's Historic Bridge

Last updated on Wednesday, December 21, 2016

(PAOLI) - Repairs have begun at the historic iron bridge that crosses Lick Creek in downtown Pail.

Nearly a year ago, the bridge collapsed under the weight of a semi driven by Mary Lambright. She says when she crossed the bridge on December 25, 2015, she didn't realize her semi was too tall and too heavy to cross.

The bridge collapsed when tractor-trailer load with more than 30 tons crossed the bridge. Police say Lambright couldn't comprehend how much six tons was - the weight limit posted on the bridge.

In October, the Orange County commissioners signed a contract with CLR Inc. to make the estimated $748,875 in repairs. Construction was slated to begin 30 days after the signing. But work was delayed so contractors could finalize plans to pick up the bridge and set it off its foundation

The company has 270 days to complete the job, which means the bridge should be finished by August.

The trucking company's insurance carrier, Progressive, will pay for the repairs. The insurance company will not pay the cost of repainting portions of the bridge. That cost, estimated at $39,975 and will be paid by the county.

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