Famous Ore. covered bridge to get $2M in repairs

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- A much-photographed Leaburg bridge that serves as both a tourist attraction and a vital gateway for logging trucks is getting $2 million in repairs.

The Goodpasture covered bridge, the second-longest covered bridge in Oregon, has structural damage that is limiting the type and number of vehicles that can cross it, the Eugene Register-Guard reports (http://bit.ly/yXpTvA ).

The bridge was built in 1938 and spans the McKenzie River about 25 miles east of Springfield.

The bridge last got an update in 1987. It connects homes, recreational users and logging trucks on the south side of the river with busy state Highway 126.

The project is funded through a federal highway grant program and a 10 percent match from the Lane County road fund.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com