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Crews repairing part of historic covered bridge damaged in Westmoreland County

Renatta Signorini
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Westmoreland Department of Public Works Road Superintendent Craig Deuel, works to repair damage from an auto accident to the Bells Mills covered bridge that connects South Huntingdon Township to Sewickley Township, on Monday, on Jan. 28, 2019.
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Westmoreland County Department of Public Works Road Department employees Dave Heatly (left), and Mark Falo, work to repair damage from an auto accident to the Bells Mills covered bridge that connects South Huntingdon Township to Sewickley Township, on Monday, on Jan. 28, 2019.
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Westmoreland Department of Public Works Road Superintendent Craig Deuel, blows out debris with a leaf blower, while his crew works to repair damage from an auto accident to the Bells Mills covered bridge that connects South Huntingdon Township to Sewickley Township, on Monday, on Jan. 28, 2019.
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Dan Speicher | Tribune-Review
Dave Heatley from the Westmoreland County Department of Public Works Road Department, works to repair damage from an auto accident to the Bells Mills covered bridge that connects South Huntingdon Township to Sewickley Township, on Monday, on Jan. 28, 2019.
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Dan Speicher | Tribune-Review
Westmoreland Department of Public Works Road Superintendent Craig Deuel, blows out debris with a leaf blower, while his crew works to repair damage from an auto accident to the Bells Mills covered bridge that connects South Huntingdon Township to Sewickley Township, on Monday, on Jan. 28, 2019.
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Dan Speicher | Tribune-Review
Mark Falo from the Westmoreland County Department of Public Works Road Department, works to repair damage from an auto accident to the Bells Mills covered bridge that connects South Huntingdon Township to Sewickley Township, on Monday, on Jan. 28, 2019.
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Dan Speicher | Tribune-Review
Rich Indof, from the Westmoreland County Department of Public Works Road Department, works to repair damage from an auto accident to the Bells Mills covered bridge that connects South Huntingdon Township to Sewickley Township, on Monday, on Jan. 28, 2019.

Crews were working Monday to repair parts of a historic covered bridge that was damaged recently in an apparent hit-and-run. Part of Bells Mills Road has been closed since last week.

The damage on Bells Mills Bridge, which connects South Huntingdon and Sewickley townships, was relatively minor — a few pieces of wooden railing were ripped off their supports and an end post that holds up the roof was hit. Parts of the wooden railing were being replaced Monday.

The road could reopen later this week.

The red wooden bridge was built in 1850 over Sewickley Creek. The county completely rebuilt it in 1988, eight years after it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The structure was named for the Bell brothers who operated a nearby gristmill in the 19th century.

Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Renatta at 724-837-5374, [email protected] or via Twitter @byrenatta.