By Mike DeNardo
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Overweight loads are not being allowed over the Walt Whitman Bridge while some structural repairs are being made.READ MORE: Philadelphia Police Searching For Man Wanted By Special Victims Unit For Incident Involving Woman In Center City
If you want to haul something heavier than 80,000 pounds over the Walt Whitman Bridge, you won’t get a permit to do so for a while.
DRPA CEO John Hanson says a routine inspection found deterioration in several gusset plates, which are steel sheets connecting trusses.READ MORE: Several People Injured After Tree Falls During West Philadelphia High School Reunion Party At Fairmount Park
“We felt that the gusset plate deterioration needed to be addressed right away and that as an extra precaution we would not allow overweight permit vehicles to go across the Walt Whitman Bridge for the next four to six weeks until that can be addressed.”
Hanson says the structural integrity of the bridge is sound, but he says if the work isn’t done now, any damage from overweight loads would take longer and be more expensive to fix.MORE NEWS: Encampment Outside University City Townhomes Refuses To Budge, Despite Court Order Demanding Them To Move Out