Mamakating - The Sullivan County Division of Public works immediately closed a bridge on Pine Kill Road yesterday after structural flaws were discovered in its wooden deck.
The bridge will remain closed until repairs are completed, which is expected by the end of August, Public Works Commissioner Robert Meyer said.
The bridge is located about two miles west of State Route 209, near Westbrookville.
The bridge was inspected yesterday after a motorist complained about its condition. The pressure-treated, wooden planks were worn, some were loose and others had holes in them. Meyer said the deterioration was caused by water, road salt and other natural causes of erosion.
The DPW plans to replace it with another wooden deck that will be sealed with asphalt. Until that is finished, drivers will be detoured to Upper Pine Kill Road, which runs parallel to Pine Kill Road.