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Bird nesting delays Brown Ave. Bridge repairs

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Construction on a dangerous bridge in Columbus has come to a screeching halt.

Some would go so far as to call it a death trap.

After years of surveys the 50 plus year old Brown Avenue Bridge is getting a facelift –  well it was until the project was put on hold last month by the Georgia Department of Transportation because of nesting Barn Swallows that have taken up refugee underneath the bridge.

Now it could be even later in 2015 before this bridge, which is a major connector from Midtown to South Columbus, is finished.

 After the bridge on Interstate 5 in Washington collapsed last week many Americans are concerned about bridge stability.  We went to the City Engineering Department to check on bridges in our area.

"I feel that the bridges are safe but we do have some that have weight restrictions which can be a problem for public safety response for traveling as far as school bus routes and public services routes as far as garbage pickup," said Donna Newman, city engineering manager.

Newman says that each year a statewide test is done on all bridges. They test the ones in our area and give a detailed report on what improvements need to be made to keep the bridges up to code.

Newman says no bridges besides the Brown Avenue project are in serious jeopardy in our area at this time. The main concern in the valley is weight requirements on some smaller bridges in the area. Newman says all of these bridges have signs that show the weight limit and says that if any bridges become potential problems they look into them immediately.

"It the event that we have a bridge that is struck and we are made aware of it we would go out and look at it and make sure there is no failure to the structure itself," said Newman.

Right now we are told that the delay in the project isn't expected to push the finished date in 2015 for the Brown Avenue Bridge back by much.

Still keep in mind that if you travel that area you will need to take an alternative route because the bridge is still out.

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