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Neva Lake Bridge at Excursion Inlet complete, open to traffic


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The new, prefabricated steel bridge over South Creek on the Juneau Ranger District is open to traffic.

Official U.S. Forest Service photo

HAINES BOROUGH, Alaska, Nov. 15, 2017–The Tongass National Forest announces the Neva Lake Bridge over South Creek on the Juneau Ranger District is open to traffic. The bridge was replaced by a government-provided prefabricated steel truss shipped from Oregon. Final inspection of the bridge was completed Nov. 8.

The project was paid for with a combination of funds from Haines Borough, Secure Rural Schools Act, and the Forest Service Capital Improvement and Maintenance funding.

The previous wooden bridge was closed to all vehicle traffic in July of 2016. The bridge was deemed unsafe because of main support beam failure. It is located on National Forest System (NFS) Road 8552, Mile Post 1.5 at Excursion Inlet.

The Forest Service anticipates transferring ownership of the bridge to the Haines Borough after the project is completed.

For interviews and information to be used for publication, contact the Tongass Public Affairs Officer at 907-228-6201.

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