The American flag will not be flying atop the blue bridge between Pasco and Kennewick for a while.
The flagpole was taken down by state Department of Transportation crews Thursday because it’s cable had become frayed due to normal wear and tear, spokeswoman Summer Derrey said. A contractor will have to be hired before it can be decided whether the pole can be repaired or if it will need to be replaced entirely. Parts will then have to be ordered.
“It is really hard to know the extent of the damage,” Derrey said.
There is no estimated time for how long it will take to put the flag up again. Derrey said it will likely be more than a few days, but less than a few months.
“It is on our priority list, we are currently working on it,” she said.
The flag has been flying above the bridge since at least 1995, according to Herald archives. It is replaced several times a year.
The flagpole is at least 20 years old, Derrey said.