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Beckett Bridge in Tarpon Springs closed for repairs

TARPON SPRINGS — County officials closed the Beckett Bridge on Riverside Drive for repairs Monday.

A piece of steel came loose, sticking out into the eastbound lane of traffic, said Pinellas County spokesman Dave Baker. The metal strip is part of an expansion joint that allows the bridge to expand or contract when the weather changes.

County engineers expect to replace the steel and reopen the bridge within two days, Baker said.

The bridge, which was most recently repaired in 2011, crosses over Whitcomb Bayou. Officials were working on detour signs Monday afternoon and encouraged motorists to seek alternate routes along Whitcomb Drive, Meres Boulevard or Klosterman Road.

Beckett Bridge in Tarpon Springs closed for repairs 09/17/12 [Last modified: Monday, September 17, 2012 3:41pm]
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