Cov­ered bridge dam­aged, closed in­def­i­nitely

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The Hol­low Road Cov­ered Bridge over French Creek be­tween French Creek Road and Pughtown Road in West Vin­cent and East Vin­cent town­ships is closed in­def­i­nitely due to struc­tural dam­age sus­tained overnight, ap­par­ently from an im­pact by a large ve­hi­cle, the Penn­syl­va­nia De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion (Pen­nDOT) said Sun­day. Dam­age was sus­tained to both sides of the sup­ports, as well as the beams and arches.

The sin­gle lane steel I-beam cov­ered bridge will re­main closed un­til Pen­nDOT bridge engi­neers can ex­am­ine the struc­tural dam­age and de­velop a plan to re­ha­bil­i­tate the cov­ered struc­ture.

Dur­ing the bridge clo­sure, mo­torists are ad­vised to fol­low the posted de­tour of Hol­low Road and Pughtown Road.

The Hol­low Road Cov­ered Bridge over French Creek was orig­i­nally built in 1850 and re­con­structed in 1996. The sin­gle-span bridge is 102 feet long and 15 feet wide. The bridge car­ried an av­er­age of 1,004 ve­hi­cles a day prior to its clo­sure.

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