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Saginaw Pedestrian Bridge 2 Inches Too Long

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This old bridge over the Tittabawassee River was torn down in 2009 (credit: historicbridges.org)

SAGINAW TWP. (AP) – A new 385-foot-long steel pedestrian bridge is too long by 2 inches, forcing officials to delay installation of the span across a Michigan river.

Saginaw County Road Commissioner Engineer Ryan P. Whiteherse tells The Saginaw News that a crew installed one segment over the Tittabawassee River in Saginaw County’s Saginaw Township last week but pulled it out when it discovered the fit wasn’t right.

Whiteherse says taxpayers won’t foot the bill for alterations on the $688,000 project. He says the fix is covered under a construction contract.

The contract had called for the bridge linking Saginaw and Saginaw Township to the Saginaw Valley Rail Trail to be in place this week. Now, the bridge sits in four pieces near the river, about 85 miles northwest of Detroit.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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