- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

RIDGWAY, Pa. (AP) - The rest of a northwestern Pennsylvania bridge that partially collapsed during demolition last month has been brought down, so crews can replace the 103-year-old structure.

The northbound lanes of the North Broad Street Bridge in Ridgway collapsed prematurely June 18, as crews were cutting concrete so it could be safely demolished the next day. Now that debris from that collapse has been cleared, the bridge’s southbound lanes were demolished Tuesday.

The bridge carries U.S. Route 219 over Elk Creek and is being rebuilt as part of a $2.2 million project. The bridge carries more than 5,500 vehicles a day.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation hopes the southbound lane of the bridge will be rebuilt and open by August, with the northbound side up by October.

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