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Ellen Banner

Steve Hodge (l) and Tom Courtney, both bridge maintenance specialists for the Washington State Department of Transportation, climb on the cables up to the top of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Tacoma as they do their monthly cable inspection. The men check the hand rails, casting bolts, paint -- they basically look at every nook and cranny along the cables supporting the bridge deck. Nine inspectors carry out the work that is done inspecting the bridge.