Paint problem means Narrows Bridge gets a new coat

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by ERIC WILKINSON / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on July 27, 2010 at 5:36 PM

TACOMA, Wash. – A paint problem on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge is forcing the state to repaint the structure. But it won't cost you a penny.

The paint is peeling and bubbling, which means water can seep in and corrode the steel support cables and compromise the structural integrity of the bridge. Crews are repainting all those cables.

The problem was first noticed when the new Narrows Bridge was opened three years ago. The painting work began last fall, but was suspended due to bad weather.

The good news is that the Washington State Department of Transportation worked out an extended warranty with the bridge designer, so none of this is costing the state or taxpayers any money.

The work is expected to be done by the end of August.
 

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