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Crews in Paoli will soon begin work to repair the iron bridge that crosses Lick Creek. Repair work on the bridge is set to begin in a few weeks.

The bridge partially collapsed on Christmas Day of last year when police say a semi driver drove onto it with a load weighing nearly six times the posted limit.

The 1850s bridge is a Select Structure on the National Register of Historic Places and replacing it with a modern bridge could have jeopardized future federal transportation funding for Orange County.

CLR Inc. will make the repairs for cost estimated at nearly 3 quarters of a million dollars. Which the trucking company’s insurance carrier will pay. The contract requires that CLR Inc. complete the work within 270 days.

The insurance company says they will not pay the cost of repainting portions of the bridge. That cost is estimated at just under 40-thousand dollars and will be paid by the county.

County leaders are considering adding height clearance bars to the bridge’s entrances to deter large trucks from trying to cross it.

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