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George County rebuilding 1960s-era wooden bridge

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LUCEDALE, Miss. (AP) - George County is tearing down a 1960s-era wooden bridge and replacing it with a two-lane concrete one.

The current bridge spans the Canadian National Railroad track and connects Mississippi Highway 198W to U.S. Highway 98.

Officials tell The Mississippi Press (http://bit.ly/1eZV4jJ ) demolition is expected to take about two weeks.

Construction of the $900,000 replacement bridge will take six months, weather permitting.

Funding for the work comes from the county and the state.

The original bridge was built in 1960, according to the National Bridge Inventory.

The county is working closely with Bexley Utilities and the Canadian National Railroad because a large waterline is directly connected to the bridge and the railroad track is in daily operations.

Crews are coordinating with both to minimize track delays and track safety, they said.

Information from: The Mississippi Press, http://www.gulflive.com

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