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Officials: Damaged bridge on Ft. Benning to remain closed for several months

FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) -

Officials tell News Leader 9 that the Custer Bridge on Fort Benning may remain closed for a minimum of three to six months due to damage caused in an 18 wheeler accident on Monday morning, Feb. 17.

The closure affects Custer Rd. as it crosses over Lindsey Creek Pkwy.

Randel Lemoine, a civil engineer with the Department of Public Works at Fort Benning, says a Contractor was driving an excavator on a trailer, and failed to tuck the excavator's arm in.

"As he went under the bridge, the arm struck the bottom parts of the bridge. It severed several of the pre-tension cables on the beams," says Lemoine.

Pre-tension cables hold most of the stress, and keep the beams in place. Currently, no loads can be driven across the bridge. Officials are making assessments to see if it will be necessary to repair or replace the bridge. Each beam is valued at $200,000.

Loose debris was removed from the bottom of the bridge for the safety of traffic passing below on Lindsey Creek Pkwy, which becomes I-185N at Fort Benning's main gate. It is undetermined at this time how and when the reparation of the bridge may affect traffic on Lindsey Creek Pkwy.

No one was injured in the 18 wheeler accident.

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