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Bridge Safety Levels Critical

Thousands are old, risky and rundown

September 16, 2013
By JOAN LOWY Associated Press Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WASHINGTON - Motorists coming off the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge into Washington are treated to a postcard-perfect view of the U.S. Capitol. The bridge itself, however, is about as ugly as it gets: The steel underpinnings have thinned since the structure was built in 1950, and the span is pocked with rust and crumbling concrete.

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