Local transportation experts trust Spokane bridges

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 24, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Updated Saturday, May 25 at 9:53 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Leaders in Spokane said that they are confident in the conditions of bridges along Interstate 90. They also said a process in place is helping them keep bridges in check.

“Bridges are inspected on an every other year basis and lists for repairs are made,” sai Al Gilson with WSDOT Eastern Region.

Spokane currently lists 11 bridges as structurally deficient. But there is repair or patch up work planned until 2018.

“We’re really fortunate in this area,” said WSDOT employee, Al Gilson, “all the brdiges on the Interstate 90 main land have gotten repairs that were recommended over the last couple of years.”

Four bridges along Interstate 90 had improvements in 2011. Only two bridges in Spokane are similar in style to the one that collapsed in Skagit County.

A bridge near Airway Heights at the intersection of Deep Creek and Christensen made the last of one of the top 50 structurally deficient bridges in Washington. Neighbors said they've seen repairs been done on it in the last few years.

A bridge on Little Spokane Drive also made that list. The Washington State Department of Transportation database said in 2012 that it is a high priority for replacement.

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