Narberth, PA — The Borough of Narberth Will be closing the Narberth Avenue bridge to all vehicle traffic starting March 8, 2019. Pedestrians will still be able to cross the bridge by using the traffic lane. The sidewalks will be closed.
“PennDOT and Amtrak perform tests every six months for the bridges structural integrity and the ratings of the last couple of tests have been low,” stated the Director of Public Works, Ed Harman,
The problem started showing up with the deterioration of the sidewalks, and now the east side of the bridge shows some deflection.
“About 3000 vehicles cross the bridge each day,” stated Harman.
The decision to close the bridge was approved by Borough Council in response to the deteriorating condition of the sidewalks and supporting structures beneath, stated borough officials.
A team of engineers from The Pennoni consulting engineering firm Will be inspecting the sidewalks tomorrow to see if a short-term fix can be developed.
The bridge is slated to be replaced in 2020.
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