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Birmingham Bridge permanent fix underway

| Monday, June 2, 2008, 12:00 p.m.

PennDOT said today it is replacing the faulty bearings that caused the Birmingham Bridge to partially collapse in February.

The faulty parts, called rocker bearings, will be replaced with a new mechanism that allows the bridge to shift with changes in temperature but will require work through the year and at a total cost of more than $7 million.

The state agency also said it will check another 120 bridges in District 11 that have similar bearing systems.

The bridge on Feb. 8 dropped 8 inches when the bearing failed. A leak in the bridge's expansion joint led to the problem.

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