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April 1, 2013

Damaged bridge reopens months after being closed

Four months after closing for repairs, a small bridge in Cullman has finally reopened.

Repairs began several weeks ago on the Walnut Street bridge, which is owned by CSX. The small, wooden bridge runs above the CSX railroad line in downtown Cullman.

The center supports for the bridge were damaged last year, likely after being struck by a component from a train.

A specialized repair crew replaced the underside center supports and top center boards. City officials removed barricades around the bridge Friday morning and say it is 100 percent traffic-ready.

City hall has been inundated with complaints since the bridge was closed, as it is located on the north side of the city at the heart of an industrial park that includes McGriff Transportation and Rusken Packaging.

Officials say it took so long for repairs to begin because CSX handled the project, and had to hire a specialized wooden bridge repair crew to restore the center supports.

Trent Moore can be reached by e-mail at trentm@cullmantimes.com, or by telephone at 734-2131, ext. 220.

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