Crews Close Unsafe Historic Montgomery County Bridge

Due to safety concerns, PennDOT suddenly closed a historic Montgomery County bridge Thursday.

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An inspection Thursday of the Fetters Mill Road Bridge over the Pennypack Creek revealed safety concerns that caused the bridge to be “closed until further notice,” the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners said in a news release.
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Crews put up a “Bridge Closed” sign.
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Crews blocked traffic on Fetters Mill as far up as Terwood Road.
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The span was built in 1883 to connect the Lower Moreland and Bryn Athyn communities, commissioners said.
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The bridge has metal trestles with a clearance of 10 feet, 6 inches.
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“The inspection findings will be reviewed to determine if a short-term fix can be designed and implemented,” commissioners said.
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A plan to rehabilitate the historic span has been in the county’s capital plan for several years, officials said.
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Montco officials took this photo of the bridge in October 2016.
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“Montgomery County and PennDOT are aggressively pursuing the necessary steps to move the work on this bridge from preliminary engineering and into final design,” commissioners said. “The bridge is currently scheduled to be rehabilitated beginning in 2020.”
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A look at the bridge from last year.
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