New Overpass Might Not Be Structurally Sound

New Overpass Might Not Be Structurally Sound

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CLEARFIELD, Utah (AP) -- Work crews are evaluating whether a new overpass that cost $5.5 million to build is structurally sound.

The investigation was approved by the City Council in January at a cost of $15,000.

Shortly after the project was completed in 2002, an abutment to the span began to show signs of distress. City officials hope to repair the overpass this spring.

Shortly after the overpass problems became public, the city hired a geo-technical engineering firm to evaluate the failure and determine who is responsible.

The overpass, linking downtown Clearfield with its growing west side, closed one of the state's most hazardous railroad crossings.

It was part of a $15 million bond voters approved in 2000 to build the roadway and the $10.5 million Clearfield Municipal and Justice Complex. The city received about $2 million in federal and state funds to help pay for the project.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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