- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 7, 2017

PENNSVILE, N.J. (AP) - All lanes of the Delaware Memorial Bridge have reopened following a construction fire that closed both of the bridge’s spans, halting traffic between New Jersey and Delaware.

Delaware River and Bay Authority spokesman Jim Salmon says sparks from welding ignited construction material underneath the bridge around 10 a.m. Wednesday, forcing officials to close the twin spans.

The New Jersey-bound span reopened just before 11 a.m., while two of the four lanes of the Delaware-bound span were reopened a few hours later. The remaining two lanes were reopened late Wednesday afternoon.

The bridges connect the New Jersey Turnpike with the Delaware Turnpike and are a key link for heavily-traveled Interstate 95.

The Delaware River and Bay Authority says more than 86,000 vehicles daily travel over the spans.

No one was injured.


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