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State closes deficient bridge

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MABTON — The Mabton bridge is now completely closed, thanks to a few drivers who would not follow the rules.

Frustrated by drivers flaunting weight restrictions on the State Route 241 bridge between Mabton and Sunnyside, state highway officials on Wednesday put up concrete roadblocks and closed the span completely for several weeks.

“Unfortunately, Washington State Patrol can’t keep a trooper there 24 hours a day,” said Meagan Lott, a spokeswoman with the state Department of Transportation.

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