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Sewickley Police Plan Traffic Control when Ambridge-Aliquippa Bridge Closes

The nearby bridge is expected to remain closed for several months as part of a two-year repair project. The Sewickley Bridge is again the designated detour.

When the Ambridge-Aliquippa Bridge shuts down for repairs on March 4, Sewickley police plan to have a presence on the Route 65 side of the Sewickley Bridge.

Sewickley Police Chief James Ersher said officers will assist with traffic control  during the first week of the closure at the Sewickley Bridge, designated again as an official detour. PennDOT has authorized to pay for the extra manpower, he said.

"We expect the same congestion we did last time," Ersher said. "Hopefully everybody will do what they did last time and find their alternative routes."

The Ambridge-Aliquippa Bridge is expected to remain closed until October 2013  as part of a two-year $16.6-million repair project. Crews are performing steel repairs under the bridge deck and substructure work, according to PennDOT.

The 10-foot span bridge reopened temporarily in November for the winter months.

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