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Massive marvel: Girders weighing up to 90 tons going up over Tennessee River on U.S. 41

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HALETOWN, Tenn. — Gigantic steel girders are going up on the new U.S. Highway 41 bridge over the Tennessee River in Marion County as work resumes on the project that had been delayed for months.

The massive girders -- one of them weighs as much as 180,000 pounds and is nearly twice the height of a man -- might hint at why the plan for erecting them was important enough to stall the project while state Department of Transportation and Britton Bridge LLC officials nailed down an agreement on how they'll be built.

The project started in March 2011 but was delayed this year when state engineers balked at the company's plan for erecting the steel. TDOT approved a revised plan in September, though it still took a few weeks to get fabrication and delivery rescheduled, according to officials.

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