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Phoenix 7th Street Bridge Reconstruction In Final Stages

Construction workers have reached a milestone on the Seventh Street bridge in Phoenix after it was damaged five months ago.

On Feb. 28, the bridge was severely damaged after a fire started because of a main gas line failure underneath the structure. The cause of the failure is still under investigation, according to Heather Murphy, a Phoenix spokesperson.

The bridge over the Salt River was closed, and reconstruction began in March. Phoenix officials said about 35% of the bridge needed to be removed and rebuilt.

The work was expected to be completed in six months. Now five months later, the bridge is in its final stages of completion.

Mark Glock, deputy Street Transportation Department director, said that on Friday night, they will begin pouring the deck of the structure. He said  that the bridge will be completed no later than Sept. 1 and will be open to the public. 

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been updated to correct the amount of damage sustained by the bridge.

Thalia Lopez is an intern at KJZZ and entering her final year at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Lopez is studying broadcast journalism with a minor in theater.Growing up in Arizona, Lopez has become familiar with the different cultures that spread across the state and has developed a love for connecting with the community.When off the clock, Lopez enjoys advancing her acting skills, finding new ways to improve her health and watching movies with her friends and family.