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Newbern Bridge condition worsening

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COLUMBUS, Ind. — Bartholomew County officials warned Monday that severe deterioration of Newbern Bridge may prompt them to close the span long before it is scheduled for replacement.

School bus drivers in particular, who use the bridge as a short-cut to save time, may be asked to find an alternative route immediately.

More than 800 vehicles use the 103-year-old, one-lane bridge to cross Clifty Creek on County Road 850E every day. The bridge provides access to a mobile home park and several homes along Huffer and Newbern roads, as well as County Road 265N.

Read more details in Tuesday's edition of The Republic.

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