County sues over Morrison Bridge

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The deck of the Morrison Bridge as of Oct. 7, 2013. (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Just a year after crews finished replacing the deck of the Morrison Bridge, Multnomah County is claiming the new surface is already crumbling.

FILE - A Portland Fire Department fire boat shoots water into the air as it passes under the Morrison Bridge to celebrate the start of the Rose Festival fleet week Wednesday, June 8, 20011, in Portland, Ore. Naval vessels from the United States Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and the Canadian Maritime Forces arrive from around the world for a four-day visit to the City of Roses. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
FILE – A Portland Fire Department fire boat shoots water into the air as it passes under the Morrison Bridge to celebrate the start of the Rose Festival fleet week Wednesday, June 8, 20011, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

And now the county is suing.

Replacing the steel grating on the bridge is expected to cost Multnomah County nearly $5 million. So it’s suing not only the construction company but the maker of the bridge decking and the supplier.

The lawsuit claims the panels used on the bridge were damaged when they were installed — and claims crews did not fasten the panels properly.

A county spokesperson told KOIN 6 News that crews are inspecting the bridge regularly. The spokesperson reports the bridge is still safe for drivers.

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