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Fractured Truss in Delaware River Bridge Means Weeks of Rerouted Traffic

Although experts still unsure as to exact cause of break, Pennsylvania Turnpike Authority indicates it's “an act of nature”

A fracture in one of the beams of the Delaware River Bridge is severe enough to stop traffic for weeks or months and means a nightmare commute for some 42,000 daily commuters.

The fractured bridge truss is a critical support component of the 60-year-old structure and inspectors say it’ll take two weeks just to figure out the extent of the damage and what’s needed by way of repairs.

“That’s as significant a problem as I think you can have on a bridge,” said New Jersey Turnpike Authority Spokesman Tom Feeney.

While the Pennsylvania Turnpike Authority ruled out corrosion from the elements, its spokesman said the break is “definitely” the result of “an act of nature on a man-made structure.”

The heavily-trafficked, mile-long bridge connects Burlington Township in New Jersey with Bristol Township in Pennsylvania. It serves as a conduit between the Pennsylvania Turnpike and the New Jersey Turnpike. 

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