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Climbing inspectors complete a full inspection of the Dearborn River High Bridge on Dec. 20 in preparation for rail and deck repairs this week.

Climbing inspectors complete a full inspection of the Dearborn River High Bridge on Dec. 20 in this photo posted online by the Montana Department of Transportation. 

Photo provided by Montana Department of Transportation

The driver whose vehicle damaged the historic Dearborn High Bridge is being issued a citation.

Drew Allen of Great Falls is being cited for driving a vehicle that was too heavy for the bridge. Allen was driving what is believed to be a 35-ton tractor trailer over the bridge that was only rated for a 7-ton load.

The bridge was temporarily shuttered but later reopened. Total costs for repairs have not been determined.

The unique, 251-foot bridge crosses the North Fork of the Dearborn River in a canyon about 15 miles southwest of Augusta on Highway 434. The county accepted a bid of $9,000 from King Bridge Company of Cleveland, Ohio, for construction in 1897.

The Department of Transportation completed a $1 million rehabilitation of the bridge in 2003.

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