Transportation officials have shut down a bridge that connects two sides of a western Pennsylvania borough that straddles the Youghiogheny River.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation closed down the 490-foot West Newton Bridge on Tuesday after workers found unexpected deterioration. Officials don’t know how long the bridge, which carries Route 136 over the river, will be closed.

Spokesman Jay Ofsanik says PennDOT closed the bridge to traffic and pedestrians to err on the side of caution.

West Newton council President George Molovich says the bridge is the only way from one side of the borough to the other.

West Newton is about 20 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

 

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