- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) - A Cranston bridge that crosses Amtrak tracks has been closed to motorists after officials deemed it a safety risk.

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation announced Tuesday the closure of Park Avenue Bridge. It will remain open to pedestrians and cyclists only.

RIDOT says an outside engineering consultant who inspected the bridge Monday found significant deterioration in the bridge’s timber deck. RIDOT says one of its engineers inspected the bridge and confirmed the deterioration.

The Federal Highway Administration Rhode Island Division agrees with the closure of the bridge.

But House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello is asking Gov. Gina Raimondo for an investigation into the closure. He told WPRI-TV the bridge was inspected in September and remained open.

RIDOT says the inspection was part of an accelerated bridge inspection effort the department initiated last month.

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