2011-09-15 / Local & State

Pa. Turnpike Section Reopens After Flooding

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A 39-mile section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike has reopened after being shut down because of flooding at a central Pennsylvania bridge.

Turnpike officials say the toll road reopened to traffic between the Harrisburg East and Reading interchanges around 6 a.m. Friday.

The turnpike had closed Thursday evening because floodwaters from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee jeopardized the safety of a bridge over the Swatara Creek in hard-hit Dauphin County.

Officials say the water level dropped enough overnight to allow engineers to check the bridge's structural integrity and confirm it is safe to carry traffic.

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