The Crescent Street bridge in Rutland is closing so inspectors can see how much it has deteriorated.
The bridge is half a century old and part of a heavily traveled truck route.
Thursday, the hot mix will be peeled off so engineers can inspect the concrete beneath.
Public Works Commissioner Evan Pilachowski says as long as there is no more deterioration than previously thought, the bridge should reopen within a week.
"Rather than let that continue to the point where we need to do major repairs or replacement, we think that we can get in there now and stem the deterioration before it becomes a big problem," Pilachowski said.
Pilachowski says that there are several other bridges in critical need of maintenance, including the bridge on River Street, which is one of four heavily traveled access points to the city. The commissioner has applied for grants to pay for construction and several bridges are on the waiting list for state repairs.
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