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2 Bridges In Georgetown Crack Under Pressure

Updated: Tuesday, August 26 2014, 07:43 PM CDT

Built before the United States got involved in World War II, two 75-year old bridges along Austin Avenue in Georgetown are in bad need of an upgrade.

"Based on an inspection report from TxDOT we put a weight limit on these bridges," says City of Georgetown Spokesperson Keith Hutchinson.

The report found asphalt cracking, rusting and crumbling portions of concrete on the bridge.

That means no trucks that weigh more than 48,000 pounds can cross.

Hutchinson says, "Solid waste trucks are too heavy, other trucks like gravel trucks would be too heavy."

That includes one of Georgetown's fire trucks. The size prevents the Georgetown Fire Department from using either of the bridges to get to a call.

But Georgetown Fire Chief John Sullivan says six out of the seven trucks can still cross the bridges without an issue.

"That one truck, I don't think it's going to play an impact on it, long term it's something that we want to address because it's not good to have an access route cut off in case the second route is no longer a viable option," says Sullivan.

Fixing the issue will mean lots of time and money.

"We have applied to CAMPO for federal funding that could, if we get that grant that we're hoping to get it would cover 60 percent of the cost to replace the bridge," says Hutchinson

The total cost would be $7.2 million.

By Lydia Pantazes

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2 Bridges In Georgetown Crack Under Pressure

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