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Salem closes deteriorating bridge

SALEM - Salem's town manager says a bridge that has been limited to one-lane traffic since 2011 has been closed altogether because of corrosion and deterioration. Keith Hickey says he will ask Salem's board of selectmen next week to approve $80,000 in funds needed for engineering and designing a replacement for the bridge on Teague Drive. Hickey says inspectors discovered a sink hole this week on the side of the bridge still open to traffic. Salem called in state inspectors and Hickey says all agreed Wednesday that the bridge should be closed. The bridge is built on two corrugated culverts over a stream and the metal has corroded over the last 40 years. Because it doesn't get much traffic, Hickey said the Teague Drive bridge was low on Salem's priority list, which has two bridges up for replacement this year. Hickey said it could take up until the second half of 2014 to replace the Teague bridge.
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