TROY, N.Y. - The Troy-Waterford Bridge, which crosses the Hudson River, was reopened to traffic Saturday evening, more than 24-hours after Department of Transportation officials ordered it closed.
The closure was the result of an inch and a half long crack on one of the bridge's support beams.
Bryan Viggiani, a spokesperson with the DOT, says crews were able to install a steel cable to replace the cracked beam by Saturday afternoon. Viggiani says the cable will support the same amount of weight.
On Friday, Troy's city engineer Russ Reeves, said, "You could have a localized failure of bridge not apparent if that would be catastrophic,"
Looking at what kind of a repair would be needed to make the bridge safe for travelers."
Travelers had to be turned away on Friday and were told to take a detour because the bridge was not safe to travel across, not even for pedestrians. But Viggiani said Saturday that the bridge is ready again for all kinds of traffic, and that no weight restrictions are in place.
The bridge is also known as the 126th Street Bridge.