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 the cable had become frayed from normal wear and tear, spokeswoman Summer Derrey said.
A contractor will have to be hired to determine if the pole can be repaired or if it will need to be replaced. Parts then will be ordered.
There is no estimated time for how long it will take to put the flag up again. It will likely be more than a few days, but less than a couple of months, Derrey said.
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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.