- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

GREEN BROOK, N.J. (AP) - A Somerset County bridge built in 1900 has been crossed for the last time by motorists.

NJ.com (https://bit.ly/1HbjO6F ) reports that the Jefferson Avenue Bridge in Green Brook Township has been shuttered by the county, in response to concerns regarding public safety.

County Engineer Matthew Loper says the truss bridge was scheduled to remain open until its demolition by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the fall. But the bridge has had safety issues.

Loper says a 2013 inspection revealed the span needed repairs to its steel beams and could only hold vehicles weighing 15 tons or less.

The county considered making the repairs, but ultimately determined the bridge should be demolished.

The bridge was first renovated in 1938 and underwent another large improvement in 1988.

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Information from: NJ.com, https://www.nj.com

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