The Penn Street Bridge between Reading and West Reading was closed for a brief time Thursday.

The 15-minute closure, which started around 11:20 a.m., was to allow Met-Ed crews to put a high-tension wire in place above the bridge.

In the meantime, police advised motorists to avoid the area until the work is finished. Still, traffic backed up on both sides of the bridge, as well as on both sides of the West Shore Bypass.