Delaware I-495 bridge closed indefinitely

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) -- Delaware Gov. Jack Markell says federal highway officials have pledged to pay for 90 percent of the cost of repairing a bridge on a critical interstate bypass. The span has been closed indefinitely because columns are tilting.

Officials suspect the dumping of a large mound of dirt next to the bridge may have caused the problem. 

The I-495 bridge has been closed since Monday.

Officials said Tuesday they believe the bridge over the Christina River is stable enough to support itself, but that re-opening it to traffic could overload the structure.

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