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Wheeling Suspension Bridge closed after cable snaps for 2nd time in 3 years


WHEELING, West Virginia — Authorities in Wheeling say a suspension bridge has been closed to vehicle traffic after a cable snapped.

The Wheeling Suspension Bridge was closed Friday morning. Media outlets report the cable had fallen onto a cable company's fiber optic line near a jogging trail.

State highways bridge engineer Patrick Gurrera says it's undetermined whether the 400-foot sway cable snapped or was dislodged.

Pedestrians are being allowed on the bridge, although it's closed to vehicles.

In 2013, the bridge was closed after a corroded cable on top of the span snapped on the downtown Wheeling side. The cable helps to keep the bridge from swaying.

The suspension bridge was built in 1860 and connects downtown to Wheeling Island over the main channel of the Ohio River.

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