Historic bridge re-opens on Fort Wainwright
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) -The new Bailey Bridge, spanning the Chena River on Fort Wainwright, opened Friday after a ribbon cutting ceremony and inspection.
The original Fort Wainwright Bailey Bridge was built in 1949 and has been a key feature of the post since connecting the main portion of the installation with the north side of the Chena River.
The repair-by-replacement project began after a bridge assessment team identified the antiquated bridge supports were deteriorating and becoming unsafe.
The bridge had been closed since September of last year, and the replacement project cost approximately $10 million.
Another Fort Wainwright bridge closed for repair, the River Road Bridge, continues on schedule for a projected mid-October reopening.
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