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Morristown bridge closed, at risk of collapsing

The Morristown Bay Bridge is closed to traffic because it's at risk of collapsing if the public...
The Morristown Bay Bridge is closed to traffic because it's at risk of collapsing if the public continues to use it(New York State Department of Transportation)
Updated: Sep. 23, 2019 at 4:34 PM EDT
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MORRISTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - A bridge in St. Lawrence County is closed to traffic because it's at risk of collapsing if the public continues to use it.

That was the finding of a state Department of Transportation inspection of the Morristown Bay Bridge.

According to Andrew Willard, the senior civil engineer for the county highway department, the DOT found severe deterioration of the bridge piles.

Willard said the DOT determined the span was in "red flag" condition last Tuesday. The bridge was closed to traffic the next morning.

There are no immediate plans to repair or replace the bridge, which was built in 1977, Willard said.

Drivers are advised to use the Bay Street Extension in the village to access North Umberland Street and River Road East.

According to the state, if the DOT finds a “red flag” structural defect, steps must be taken to either close the bridge, repair the defect, or take alternative action to ensure that the bridge is safe to use.

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