Dillingham Street bridge closed today from 9-4

mowen@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 15, 2013 

The Dillingham Street bridge was closed for part of Tuesday and will be closed today from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

The city of Columbus is bringing in engineering consultants to inspect the bridge with an eye toward a possible renovation project. The consultants will cut holes in the bridge to inspect its substructure, according to Ron Hamlett.

“It’s just like when you’re building a road, you have to know what you have to work with,” Hamlett said.

No bridge project has been formally planned yet, Hamlett said. The current work will establish whether such a project is feasible.

The Dillingham Street bridge carries only about 4,100 cars a day, according to the city’s traffic count map. That’s about 6 percent of the downtown traffic between Columbus and Phenix City. The 13th Street Bridge handles about 25,600 cars a day and the Oglethorpe Bridge about 31,400.

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