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Caption reads: "The bridge has been declared deficient by the state Division of Highways. County officials say it must eventually be replaced, noting that it carries numerous school buses daily and could very well collapse--with dire results. If and when another bond issue for public improvements is placed before San Joaquin voters, they add, a new bridge will be among the projects proposed. The venerable structure spans the Mokelumne River just north of the community of Clements and petitioners fear that the rural charm of the spot will be destroyed if a new bridge is built. The accompanying photos by Bee staff writer Steve Ferris include a shimmering look at the bridge, with the reflection in the placid river water creating an unusual effect--all of which prompted a decision to run the picture upside down. At left center is the approach to the one-way bridge, presided over by a traffic light, while below at left is shown at least one twisted and rusting area of its superstructure. At right is a lonely pair of sneakers someone threw over a bridge tie."