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Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, 4:57 p.m.

A bridge on Route 21 near Masontown in Fayette County is tentatively scheduled for demolition on Sept. 28, according to PennDOT.

The Masontown Bridge formerly carried traffic over the Monongahela River between Fayette and Greene counties. It was replaced by a new, $49.6 million bridge that opened in mid-August.

Travelers are advised to expect delays between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m., but the actual demolition is tentatively scheduled to occur between 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., according to PennDOT.

Travel restrictions in a mandatory safety zone surrounding the bridge will apply to vehicles, boats and aircraft.

They include:

• closure of the new bridge during demolition.

• closure of Route 21 at Church Road in Greene County to Route 21 at River Avenue in Fayette.

• a 2,000-foot no-fly zone.

• boating restrictions from 6 a.m. until 24 hours after the bridge is imploded.

• travel restrictions on Route 21 until debris is cleared.

• marked detours on routes 21, 88, 40 and 166.

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