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Updated: Wed, 04 Jun 2014 18:40:35 GMT | By Randall Chase, The Associated Press, thecanadianpress.com

Contractor says he feels bad about bridge closure

DOVER, Del. - A contractor in Delaware says his company dumped a massive amount of dirt next to a heavily travelled interstate bridge, and state officials say that may have made the span unsafe for drivers.


Contractor says he feels bad about bridge closure

Workers stand below the Interstate 495 bridge over the Christina River near Wilmington, Del., Tuesday, June 3, 2014, after it was closed due to the discovery of four tilting support columns. The closure created heavier-than-normal traffic conditions for motorists on Interstate 95, a major East Coast artery. The bridge normally carries about 90,000 vehicles a day. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

DOVER, Del. - A contractor in Delaware says his company dumped a massive amount of dirt next to a heavily travelled interstate bridge, and state officials say that may have made the span unsafe for drivers.

James Thomas Jr. of Wilmington said Wednesday he feels bad about the situation involving the Interstate 495 bridge but that he doesn't understand what happened.

State officials think the large amount of dirt dumped over several years may have moved the ground and caused the bridge columns to tilt toward the pile of dirt.

The bridge was closed Monday and officials aren't sure when it may reopen.

Delaware Transportation Secretary Shailen Bhatt says Thomas is working with the department to remove the dirt.

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