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Repair work takes place on the Dornsife bridge on Tuesday. It reopened Friday afternoon after being closed for 24 weeks for repairs from a vehicle strike.

DORNSIFE — Closed for more than five months after damage from a “vehicle strike,” the bridge over Route 225 in this Little Mahanoy Township village reopened to traffic Friday afternoon. PennDOT first reported the opening to The News-Item at 2:26 p.m.

The bridge, over the Mahanoy Creek, was abruptly shut down Feb. 23 after the damage was discovered. Five vertical beams and 10 horizontal sway braces were replaced, with the repair cost estimated at $600,000.

Some of the time during the closure was needed for manufacturing of new beams, according to PennDOT.

JD Eckman Inc., of Atglen, was hired for the emergency project.

The damage was originally reported by a PennDOT maintenance crew that was working on road repairs in the area. The exact date the bridge was hit was not known, but a neighbor told state bridge inspection staff he heard the strike during the dark hours sometime in February.

Visible damage included two large steel beams that were nearly split in half.

The 24-week closure resulted in a detour for most motorists on slow and winding Creek Road, but trucks over 7 feet wide had to use a much longer detour involving Route 147, Boyles Run Road and Route 890.

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