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Del., Md. officials say bridge safety a priority

Sunday - 9/15/2013, 5:30pm  ET

DOVER, Del. (AP) -- Some bridges in Delaware and Maryland that need repairs could collapse if a single, vital component fails. But officials say motorists don't need to worry about bridge safety in the two states.

A nationwide review by The Associated Press identified almost 7,800 bridges nationwide that are considered both "structurally deficient" and "fracture critical."

The AP review found seven such bridges in Delaware and 28 in Maryland, but officials in the two states say at least three of those bridges are no longer considered structurally deficient.

Officials in Delaware and Maryland also note that repairs are underway or planned for other bridges, and that weight restrictions are placed on some bridges in need of repair to ensure public safety.

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