Part to Tacoma Narrows bridge still stuck in Liberty Lake - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Part to Tacoma Narrows bridge still stuck in Liberty Lake

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SPOKANE, Wash. - An oversized piece of the Tacoma Narrows bridge project is still sitting at a border weigh station 300 miles away from its destination, after Washington State Patrol inspectors deemed it too heavy for its trailer last week.

The WSP would like to ask that visitors wanting to view the bridge part be cautious of a high-speed traffic, as it sits next to the freeway on ramp. The public must beware of trucks entering and exiting the scale facility.

The public is also asked not stop on the on ramp to look at the load. There is parking available at the weigh station to safely park their vehicle.

The Department of Transportation is working with the trucking company hired to move the 330,000-pound truck and expansion joint, to look for ways to move it from the Spokane Port of Entry near the Washington-Idaho border on I-90.

Transportation officials say the piece is too heavy for its permit and that the truck carrying it needs to be reconfigured so it won't damage the freeway and bridges.

Mike Love, owner of the Texas trucking company hired to haul the steel and neoprene component from Minnesota to Tacoma, says he's waiting for an acceptable solution.

The expansion joint is one of two made in Minnesota, designed to allow the bridge span to move in an earthquake. The second joint is still in Minnesota.

Love says his truck made it through five states on fewer axles without being stopped and added three more axles in Idaho to meet Washington rules.

But the Transportation Department says the axes are too heavy and the load is not properly distributed.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)
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