PennDOT has ordered the bridge on Irishtown Road over the Canadian National Railroad tracks in Pine Township, Mercer County, closed after an inspection revealed continued structural deterioration.
The bridge is rated as structurally deficient, and is posted with a 20-ton weight restriction. The most recent inspection by PennDOT engineers revealed severe structural deficiencies in the bridge deck and main steel girders. It was closed Tuesday.
The 162-foot-long, steel girder and reinforced concrete T beam bridge was built in 1928. The bridge is owned by the Canadian National Railroad (formerly the B&LE Railroad).
An average of 1,931 vehicles a day use the bridge.
The bridge is to remain closed until it can be repaired or replaced. A project to replace the Irishtown Bridge is scheduled to be let in December 2014 for construction in 2015.
A detour is to be posted using Cranberry Road, George Junior Road and state Route 58.
Published Dec. 11, 2013, in Allied News. Pick up a copy at 201 A Erie St., Grove City.