Mon Incline closed through the weekend, new inspection method causing delays

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The closure of the Monongahela Incline has been extended through the weekend and into Monday, Port Authority officials announced today.

The incline has been closed since Wednesday morning for an inspection. This is the second time the closure has been extended.

Port Authority spokeswoman Heather Pharo said the reason for the delays is a new inspection process from the Department of Labor and Industry's elevator division.

"Instead of inspecting individual components of the incline, it's being run through a series of scenarios," Ms. Pharo said.

Because this is the first incline the new inspection has been tested on, it is taking longer than expected, Ms. Pharo said. Once streamlined, this kind of inspection will be conducted on the Duquesne Incline and Johnstown Inclined Plane in Cambria County.

Meanwhile, bus shuttles are available between the Monongahela Incline's upper and lower stations. The route takes about 12-15 minutes.

Ms. Pharo said the Port Authority will issue an update when the incline is able to return to service.

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Jessica Contrera: or 412-263-1458.


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