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Middlesex Township bridge closed indefinitely

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CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) -

Cumberland County Commissioners said they have closed a bridge over the Conodoguinet Creek in Middlesex Township.

The Wolf Bridge on Wolf Bridge Road has been closed indefinitely while officials determine the cost of the necessary repairs.

An annual inspection Thursday revealed deficiencies in the bridge structure, according to a statement from the county.

The bridge's stringers, key parts of the bridge that support its weight-carrying capacity, showed significant deterioration which made the structure unsafe for travel, commissioners said.

The bridge will be barricaded and detour signs will be posted for the duration of the closure.

Wolf Bridge is a 192-foot truss bridge that was built in 1895. It has a 10-ton weight limit and was already classified as structurally deficient, commissioners said.

Commissioners said costly improvements to the bridge may be deferred as the county initiated an estimated $3.5 million replacement project in July 2012.

County Planning Director Kirk Stoner said the Wolf bridge is a sign of the times statewide.

"There's over 2,000 folks who use this bridge on a daily basis. Their lives are being impacted on a day to day basis, and this is one of hundreds," Stoner said.

Funding for the replacement project is provided by federal, state and county sources and final construction is expected to occur in 2016, according to the statement.

 

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