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Oversized Truck Damages Washington Crossing Bridge

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An oversized truck damaged the Washington Crossing Bridge that connects Buck County to New Jersey.

The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission said in a Friday press release that the bridge in Upper Makefield was closed while emergency repairs took place.

The bridge is expected to reopen after the Friday evening rush hour.

The span that goes from Upper Makefield to Hopewell in New Jersey will be closed to vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists while repairs are made.

“Damage was incurred when a driver ignored posted signs advising of the bridge’s height and width limits, striking and dislodging a steel overhead detection bar located on the New Jersey side of the bridge. A bridge officer, stationed at the bridge to enforce the crossing’s height and weight limit, attempted to stop the driver, but his efforts were ignored.  The driver has been cited by New Jersey State Police,” the toll bridge commission statement said.

The bridge was built in 1904 and has a 15-mph speed limit along with a three-ton weight limit and 8-foot vertical clearance.


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Tom Sofield

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Tom Sofield has covered news in Bucks County for five years for both newspaper and online publications. In 2012, Tom was honored at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation's Keystone Press Awards for his coverage of President Obama's visit to Falls Township in 2011. When he's not covering news in the area, Tom enjoys checking out the newest restaurants and bars, exploring forgotten places of industry in the area, going to local parks and spending time with his friends and family. If there's one thing you should know about Tom, he is a local news junkie through and through. Email: Phone: 215-431-1001