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Elizabeth Bridge reopened after structural concerns addressed

Michael DiVittorio
The Elizabeth Bridge has been reopened less than a day after it was closed due to structural concerns.

The Elizabeth Bridge has been reopened about a day after it was closed due to structural concerns.

PennDOT closed the bridge, on Route 51 between Elizabeth and West Elizabeth, Thursday afternoon due to a failed temporary structural support bracket being utilized for hanger cable replacements.

Crews and consulting engineers worked to design and install a secondary hanger system in the problem area.

Officials inspected and conducted multiple tests on the bridge, and decided to reopen it around 6 p.m. Friday.

“I want to thank motorists for their patience during the bridge closure,” said Cheryl Moon-Sirianni, PennDOT District 11 district executive for engineering. “As the public’s well-being is our highest priority, the department believed the best course of action was to close the bridge until we were completely confident that traffic could safely use the structure.”

Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Michael at 412-871-2367, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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