CLINTON TWP. —An open-grate bridge spanning the west branch of the Lackawaxen river is closed for emergency repairs.

Located on Route 170 near Aldenville, the structure was deemed unusable due to scouring beneath an abutment explained Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) spokesperson Mike Taluto.

According to Clinton Township Supervisor Kenneth Coles, the structure has been out of commission for about three weeks, having suddenly closed one afternoon without warning.

Traffic detours up Route 6 West to Route 296, takes 296 North and loops back down Route 247 East to connect back to Route 170 on the other side of the closure.

Taluto explained that emergency advertisements for the repairs were sent out this week. PennDOT hopes to have a bid chosen in the near future.

The project is projected to start the Tuesday after Labor Day and take roughly two weeks to complete.

The cost for repairs is unknown at this time.

The closure is roughly five miles north of the junction between Route 170 and Route 6. Access to Prompton Dam is unhindered from that side.

Through traffic coming the other direction will have to make use of the detour.