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Officials watch 3 Georgia bridges closely

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Some bridges in Georgia could be vulnerable to collapse.

Last week, two cars and a trailer fell into the Skagit River in Washington when the Interstate 5 bridge collapsed.

So what's stopping the same thing from happening to one of our bridges in Georgia?

First, some good news. The type of bridge that fell in Washington is pretty rare here. Of the 15,000 bridges in Georgia, only Bolling Bridge, Brown's Bridge and State Route 47 Bridge are the same style.

Brown's Bridge, on State Route 369 in Forsyth County, was built in 1955. The state classifies it and the other two on our list as functionally obsolete.

The Georgia Department of Transportation says there's nothing unsafe about these bridges. They say they just can't handle the speed, weight and amount of traffic that a new bridge could. They say it's like buying a computer 10 years ago and comparing it to a computer you could buy today.

The I-5 collapse happened because a semi-truck with an oversized load clipped a steel truss. That kind of accident could just as easily happen here.

A GDOT spokesperson told FOX 5's Chris Shaw that is vital that truckers and any members of the public who are carrying overweight loads adhere to the posted size and weight restrictions.

The state says they're watching the bridges like a hawk. The three bridges are inspected every year, compared to others, which are inspected every two years.

The state plans on having all three of these bridges replaced in five years. GDOT is adamant that all of those bridges are safe.

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