Published 11:43 am Thursday, May 10, 2012

U.S. 80 bridge crewman Teddy Launius, left, looks up after replacing the shim plate for the support girder beam of the railroad track under the approach on the Louisiana side of the bridge Wednesday. Bridge superintendent Herman Smith said more than 500 million pounds of weight cross the U.S. 80 bridge by rail daily. In April, about 26,000 rail cars crossed the bridge. Helping Launius, in the background, are Larry McCormick, right, and Randy Fischer.

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