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Wind Battered Astoria-Megler Bridge Reopens


High winds prompted transportation officials to close the Astoria-Megler Bridge near the mouth of the Columbia River for about four hours Monday night.

The bridge was closed after high winds damaged platforms workers were using to paint and repair it.

The bridge was closed after high winds damaged platforms workers were using to paint and repair it.

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The bridge that links the southwest corner of Washington and the northwest corner of Oregon reopened about 10:30 p.m.

It was the second time in two days that strong winds had closed the bridge.

Astoria-Megler Bridge.

Astoria-Megler Bridge.

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On Monday evening, Oregon highways spokesman Rick Little said the winds were once again threatening to detach segments of contractor work decks attached to the bridge. Workers have been repainting and refurbishing the bridge.

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