Bridge Closure Leads to State of Emergency

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared a state of emergency in Humboldt County, where transportation officials ordered an unsafe bridge immediately closed.

The Martins Ferry Bridge is on a road that links State Highways 101 and 169, and is often the only access from the coast into the northeastern part of the county and the Yurok Indian Reservation,
the governor's office said Saturday.

A Department of Transportation inspection earlier this month revealed critical problems with the bridge's foundation. Since then, residents and emergency service workers have been sent on a 100-mile detour.

The governor said an alternate route needs $1.5 million in upgrades to be safe. His declaration expedites funding and personnel to the area.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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