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July 18, 2014

Third Street bridge open temporarily

FAIRMONT — The east end approach of the Third Street David Morgan Bridge has been down to one lane since Wednesday while the Department of Highways maintenance department works to replace a storm water pipe.

“There was a pipe under the roadway that’s a problem,” said Randy Harris, West Virginia Department of Highways District 4 bridge engineer.

Workers had to dig deeper than anticipated to access the storm water pipe, so a temporary pipe was planned to be installed by the end of the day Thursday, with the area backfilled afterward.

The bridge was open to two lanes again Thursday evening and will continue to be open to two lanes of traffic through early Saturday morning.

Saturday, the bridge will be completely closed while a replacement of the pipe is completed. Motorists should use an alternate route.

The bridge will then be down to one lane while workers finish up work on the surface.

While the Third Street bridge’s closure will be temporary and brief, the Fourth Street bridge permanently closed to all vehicle and foot traffic July 7. The Fourth Street bridge was closed following a state Department of Transportation report sent to Fairmont city officials changed the bridge’s rating from poor condition to critical, and recommended its closure.

Permanent fencing and concrete barriers were put in place on both sides of the bridge by July 11. City officials recommended that motorists avoid mistakenly turning down Fourth Street from Locust Avenue to access the bridge because the neighborhood near the bridge has one way roads that mean motorists must either turn the wrong way down a one way road or do a U-turn to turn around.

The Fourth Street Bridge is scheduled for replacement in 2015.

Email Colleen S. Good at cgood@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @CSGoodTWV.

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