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Cracks close bridge at T.I.A.

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Taxiway "B" at Tampa International Airport is a bridge that is designed to allow aircraft to transition from one runway to another.

Airport officials say the bridge was designed to last for 75 years.

Three years after opening in 2010, the bridge has been closed due to cracking in the bridge surface.

Airport spokesperson Emily Nipps said, "Some cracking is normal in a bridge, but we felt like these may be of a concern, so we hired an engineering firm to look at the cracks and evaluate the safety of the bridge."

Nipps said after the initial evaluation, more cracks appeared in the bridge.

Nips said, "We believe it's unsafe. There's heavy planes going over it, there's cars driving under it and right now we don't think it's safe to have open."

The aviation authority that runs T.I.A. believes the construction company that built the bridge should repair it.

Nipps says, "Right now we are negotiating with Hubbard Construction, the construction firm to make repairs of the bridge, reinforce it and fix it and do what every they need to do make the bridge perfect again so we can get the 75 year life out of it that we expected."

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