Removing Dirt Under DE Interstate Bridge

WILMINGTON, DE (AP) – The removal of a massive mound of dirt suspected of causing a nearby interstate bridge in Delaware to tilt is almost complete. Officials have said removing the dirt is the first step in getting the bridge repaired and reopened to traffic, a process expected to take weeks, if not months. Two backhoes continued to claw away Sunday at the dirt mound beside the bridge, which normally carries about 90,000 vehicles a day on the Interstate 495 bypass around Wilmington. A contractor who dumped the mountain of dirt, which officials estimate at a weight of 50,000 tons, has been working with the state to remove it. His wife said workers were hoping to complete the removal by Sunday night.

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