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Humboldt bridge emergency called

December 23, 2007|From the Associated Press

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared a state of emergency in Humboldt County, where transportation officials ordered an unsafe bridge immediately closed.

The Martins Ferry Bridge links California 101 and 169 and is often the only access from the coast into the northeastern part of the county. An inspection this month revealed critical problems with the bridge's foundation. Since then, drivers have been sent on a 100-mile detour.

The governor said an alternate route needs $1.5 million in upgrades. His declaration expedites funding.

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