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SCRANTON -- Getting in and out of downtown Scranton will be a bit more complicated on Friday.

The Central Scranton Expressway is scheduled to be shut down for much of the day while PennDOT crews work above it.

The Central Scranton Expressway was closed for about 20 minutes on Thursday and PennDOT says it will be closed again Friday starting at 8 a.m.

It's all so crews can work on the new Harrison Avenue Bridge that set to be finished in a few months.

PennDOT officials say they have to close the expressway to traffic for a special test on the new bridge.

PennDOT crews glued small devices to the painted sides of the new bridge on Thursday. The devices look like hockey pucks. On Friday, workers will remove them to test the durability of the paint on the bridge.

Crews will also work on the bridge's aesthetics.

The bridge has been under construction for more than two years.

PennDOT officials say the work should take a few hours on Friday, so the expressway is set to be closed from 8 a.m. and into the mid-afternoon.

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