Norwich’s Red Mill bridge collapses, to be removed by crane Friday

NORWICH – City officials are making plans to remove the Red Mill Bridge after it was badly damaged by flooding last week and worsened by additional storms Tuesday.

Norwich Emergency Management Director A. Wesley Jones said last Thursday’s severe thunderstorms washed out a support on the northeast corner of the bridge, snapping one of two carrier beams holding it in place and causing a 3-foot wide gap to appear. Last night at about 10 p.m., more rain showers caused the bridge to lurch closer to the Canasawacta Creek and widen the gap to about 8 feet or more.

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