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New Concord bridge closed over safety concerns

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County Engineer deemed Liberty Street bridge unsafe Friday

NEW CONCORD, Ohio -- Muskingum County officials have closed a section of South Liberty Street in New Concord, due to safety concerns.

The wooden bridge on Liberty Street is approximately 600 feet south of Main Street, over the railroad crossing. Following an inspection on Friday, the Muskingum County Engineer deemed the bridge unsafe for traffic. There is no immediate word on how long the bridge will be closed.

Earlier this year, reports show that officials were concerned with the increased traffic on the bridge, due to SR 83 being closed for a bridge replacement project.

According to the website BridgeHunter.com, the Liberty Street bridge is classified as a "humpback" style bridge built sometime in the 1930's. The bridge is 14 feet wide and almost 92 feet long and carries only one lane of traffic.

Last modified on Saturday, 19 July 2014 08:21
Mike McKay

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