By Associated Press - Wednesday, August 12, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Park Service says repairs will begin in late August to restore the Arlington Memorial Bridge.

Two lanes and some sidewalk space have been shut down since May due to corrosion in the bridge structure. Officials imposed a 10-ton load limit for safety. The weight limit eliminated most bus traffic and will continue during the repair process.

Federal highway officials found the bridge’s load-bearing beams were corroding faster than expected.

The agency has awarded a $3.2 million contract for temporary repairs on the deteriorated support structures. Full repair of the bridge is expected to cost about $250 million.

The bridge was built in 1932 as a symbolic connection between the North and the South leading to the Lincoln Memorial. The bridge structure is currently listed as structurally deficient.

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