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Many California Bridges Not Reinforced For Quakes

Cities and counties across California have struggled to find money for reinforcing bridges to protect them during earthquakes.

"Although the state has made great strides in protecting its own bridges from earthquakes, hundreds of bridges maintained by cities and counties across California remain unfixed.

A [Los Angeles] Times review of state and county records found that nearly 600 bridges and overpasses that officials identified as being at the highest risk for collapse in a major temblor have yet to be reinforced. They include several landmark spans in Los Angeles, such as the Hyperion bridge in Silver Lake and the Art Deco 6th Street bridge across the Los Angeles River downtown.

Counties and cities have struggled to find the money for the retrofitting projects..."

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