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State Seeks to Replace Overhead Truss Bridges for Taller Oversize Truckloads

Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

The state Department of Transportation will begin repair work soon on an Alaska Highway bridge over the Johnson River south of Delta Junction that was damaged in October when a truck hauling an oversize load banged into several of the bridge’s overhead trusses. That’s the same kind of damage that led to the collapse last month of a bridge with a similar design in Washington state. Transportation officials say the Johnson River bridge and five others in Alaska that have sustained damage to overhead trusses are all safe to use. And as KUAC’s Tim Ellis reports, safety is not the main reason the state wants to replace such bridges.

Tim has worked in the news business for over three decades, mainly as a newspaper reporter and editor in southern Arizona. Tim first came to Alaska with his family in 1967, and grew up in Delta Junction before emigrating to the Lower 48 in 1977 to get a college education and see the world.