Firefighters inspected the landmark on Tuesday afternoon, and uncovered "some points where the mortar had become partially detached, and related loosening of the stone blocks", according to a statement issued by city authorities.
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Venice's Public Works Department on Tuesday installed barriers and mesh to divert people, and banned both pedestrian and boat traffic in the vicinity of the bridge while further technical checks were carried out.
The Ponte dei Bareteri is located in the bustling Mercerie district, one of the lagoon city's main shopping areas where numerous hotels are also located.