School bus and large truck traffic is now prohibited on an East Central Avenue bridge that spans Tar Creek.

City crews will post 10-ton weight limit signs today in response to an Oklahoma Department of Transportation inspection report reviewed by the new city engineer.

Miami School District officials and administrators at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College were contacted Thursday regarding the limits and advised to route bus traffic around city bridge 60 until the bridge can be repaired.

The news comes as bus routes began to roll Thursday the first day of instruction within the Miami School District.

Jack Dalrymple, hired less than a month ago to replace engineer Jerry Ruse, announced the planned posting late Thursday.

Dalrymple said the ODOT inspection report indicates that repairs are needed to correct abutment, bridge pile, beams and bearing deficiencies. Consulting engineer for the

The damage is attributed to age, normal use and rust.

Dalrymple said four other city bridges require minor repair.