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Firm Billed For Bridge Correction

May 8, 1988

MONESSEN, Pa. (AP) _ Pennsylvania Turnpike officials say an engineering firm that designed two bridges made them too low for large trucks to pass safely underneath, and they want the company to pay the $641,000 it will cost to correct them.

The two bridges are in Westmoreland County and carry local traffic over the four-lane toll road.

State officials said they have not received a response from the company, Westmoreland Engineering of Monessen.

″They can pay outright, refuse to pay, appeal or have the money deducted from other contracts they have with us,″ said Jacqueline Verney, an assistant legal counselor for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.

Anthony Vitale, Westmoreland Engineering president, declined comment on the bridges. The matter has been turned over to the firm’s insurance carrier.

In one case, the problem was discovered before the bridge was finished and it was taken apart and rebuilt. In the other case, the road underneath was lowered a few inches.

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