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McKeesport-Duquesne Bridge reopens after being struck by barge

| Friday, April 6, 2018, 3:00 p.m.
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A barge on the Monongahela River struck and temporarily closed the McKeesport-Duquesne Bridge Friday afternoon, but the bridge reopened after inspections revealed no major damage.

The incident happened at 2 p.m. Tribune-Review news partner WPXI-TV reported that another boat also was involved.

PennDOT spokesman Steve Cowan said the agency sent inspectors to the bridge, who allowed it to reopen by 4 p.m. after they found only minor scraping along one of the bridge's piers.

The 91-year-old bridge is about a half-mile long and carries nearly 23,000 vehicles a day, according to PennDOT records.

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