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Endangered mussels could slow work on Broad Ave. Bridge

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An endangered mussel discovered under the Broad Avenue Bridge could delay repair work on the bridge.

It could also make repairs more costly.

Environmental divers discovered threatened Purple Bank Climbing Mussels less than 20 feet from one of the bridge's footings. Scrubbing on those footings caused the bridge to be closed in February and must be repaired or replaced for the bridge to reopen.

City officials are expected to talk with the Department of Transportation Monday about how the discovery will affect the bridge's rehabilitation. More information now on mussels.

There are 98 species of freshwater mussels in Georgia. Thirteen of them are protected under the Endangered Species Act, but 75 percent of them are considered at risk. The primary cause for species loss has been human alterations to natural stream and river habitats.

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