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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Inspectors from the Department of Transportation were under the Broad Avenue Bridge in downtown Albany Monday to determine if spring flooding did more damage to the structure.

Divers entered the water around one o'clock to check the footings on the bridge. In February, the same inspectors discovered the footings were so severely deteriorated the bridge could fall, and the DOT immediately closed the bridge.

Monday, they said it's in no worse shape that it was in February.

"They found today that there had not been any additional erosion. The bridge is still going to remain closed though, it will need to be replaced," said Crystal Paulk-Buchanan, Georgia DOT Spokesperson.

While in the water, divers also checked the Oglethorpe Boulevard Bridge. The DOT says, the results of that inspection will be available Tuesday. The county is working with the state to come up with money to replace the Broad Avenue Bridge.

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