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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Concerns over the breeding season of the an endangered mussel could delay the demolition of the Broad Avenue Bridge for five months.

Only one span of the Broad Avenue Bridge is still standing.

It could remain there until June because of environmental concerns for the purple bankclimber mussel.

One of the falling arches damaged the protective barriers over the Flint River.

Now Georgia Department of Transportation officials aren't sure crews can repair them in time to take down the final arch before their February deadline.

The contractor cannot work from mid February to mid June during the breeding season of the protected mussel.

Experts from the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service are working on options now to protect the species and keep the bridge project on schedule.

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