There are problems with another bridge that crosses the Delaware River.
After an inspection Friday morning, PennDOT has been forced to close the Skinners Falls bridge that connects part of Wayne County with New York state.
A PennDOT spokesman tells Eyewitness News the closure is because of safety concerns.
PennDOT spokesman James May says because of the age of the bridge, some of its stringers which help to hold the bridge up are currently twisted and out of line.
The Skinners Falls bridge connects the Damascus Township/Milanville area of Wayne County with Sullivan County, New York.
Steve Ircha has lived next to the bridge for more than ten years.
He blames big trucks which many times carry big loads for some of the bridge’s issues.
“There’s a lot of them! They come and they go!” Ircha said.
After an inspection Friday morning, engineers determined the bridge is currently unsafe and needed to be closed down immediately.
Eyewitness News was there as some of the last drivers were able to cross before the detour signs and closed signs went up around 3:00 PM.
“I’d like to see the bridge brought back. If it needs repair, then repair it,” Joseph Brennan of Cochecton, NY said.
Joseph Brennan and his friend Mike Taylor live on the New York side of the bridge but like to ride their motorcycles down towards the Honesdale area.
“It’s all about the tranquility man, taking a country ride, forgetting everything else. That’s what it’s all about!” Mike Taylor of Cochecton, NY said.
The historic bridge was built in 1901 and 1902.
That means it’s more than 110 years old.
The bridge only allows for one lane of traffic at a time but it is still used by upwards of 1,000 drivers everyday.
A detour of about five miles is now set-up but drivers hope the bridge can reopen soon.
“It’s a beautiful little bridge. If they could restore it to what it is, we’d be more than happy,” Brennan said.
As of right now, there is no timetable to make repairs to the bridge or get it back open.
A different bridge that crosses the Delaware River, the Pond Eddy bridge is currently under repair after a dump truck crash earlier this year. The Pond Eddy bridge connects part of Pike County with Sullivan County, New York.