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The 181-foot-long, steel-truss bridge spans the Iliamna River and is located about three miles from Pile Bay, a fishing community, Andrews writes. The bridge was built in the 1930s—some reports say 1934, others 1936. "In 2003, DOT set up a temporary bridge next to the old one. But in a few years, the state plans to replace it with a structure that has a greater weight capacity, to accommodate the freight and fishing vessels. The total cost for construction will be about $5 million, 90 percent of which is federal funding, said DOT spokesman Jeremy Woodrow."
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