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Bridge south of Elk Grove reopens early after emergency repairs, officials say

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Caltrans workers repair sections of the Interstate 5 on Sept. 11, 2018 that crumbled twice in August, damaging a number of vehicles and causing traffic backups. Additional sections of the Sacramento freeway were found to need replacement.
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Caltrans workers repair sections of the Interstate 5 on Sept. 11, 2018 that crumbled twice in August, damaging a number of vehicles and causing traffic backups. Additional sections of the Sacramento freeway were found to need replacement.

The Franklin Boulevard Bridge south of Elk Grove reopened Friday, along with the section of the boulevard between Twin Cities and Desmond roads, after crews completed emergency repairs early, officials said.

Caltrans inspectors closed the bridge a week ago after finding some of the pilings were compromised, rendering the bridge unsafe, according to a news release from the Sacramento County Department of Transportation. Repairs had been estimated to take up to two weeks, but county engineers and maintenance crews fixed lateral supports and got the green light from the state to reopen the bridge Friday morning, the release said.

The Franklin Boulevard Bridge is among several on a county Transportation Department replacement list, the release said. Plans call for rebuilding it within the next two years, if federal funding is available, officials said.

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