A Venice Park bridge has been closed by Atlantic City police after it was deemed unsafe.

At about 6 p.m., the city engineer found the bridge at Ohio Avenue and Horace Bryant Drive unstable, Sgt. Monica McMenamin said. The only way into Venice Park is Grammercy Avenue.

The bridge will remain closed until further notice, McMenamin said.

The National Bridge Inventory noted the 80-foot bridge over the Penrose Canal, built in 1969, was "structurally deficient," with a rating of 40 out of a possible 100.

It is one of three structurally deficient bridges in the resort, along with the U.S. 30 bridges over the Duck and Newfound Thorofares. Those two bridges, built in 1952, are both rated 35.4 out of 100.

Lynda Cohen

Senior copy editor for the Press of Atlantic City. Have worked as a reporter, copy editor and news editor with the paper since 1985. A graduate of the University of Delaware.