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Richardson Highway delays expected as crews remove girder

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Posted: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 3:33 pm | Updated: 4:48 pm, Tue Jul 30, 2013.

FAIRBANKS - Traffic on the Richardson Highway will be delayed about 10 miles south of Paxson today as a crew prepares to remove a large steel girder from the roadside, according to a notice from the state Department of Transportation.

Delays will last from 10 to 20 minutes, the department said.

The road will be closed entirely from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday as the girder is removed.

The girder, which was destined for a bridge across the Tanana River near Salcha, fell off a truck on July 1 near 177 Mile. The girder is 165 feet long and 11 feet tall and weighs 72 tons.

Kiewit Infrastructure West is building the bridge. The truck hauling the girder belonged to Carlile Transportation Systems.

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