Written by Tony Di Domizio and Leann Pettit
Two state-owned bridges in the Lower Moreland area will be posted with new or lowered weight restrictions soon to improve safety and lessen rates of deterioration.
The bridges include:
- Old Welsh Road in Lower Moreland where it crosses over Pennypack Creek.
- Warminster Road in Upper Moreland where it crosses over Pennypack Creek.
These are just four of 63 state-owned bridges in the five-county area to be affected by new Pennsylvania Department of Transportation safety mandates. All in all, there are more than 1,000 structurally-deficient bridges in Pennsylvania, according to PennDOT secretary Barry Schoch.
The new restrictions will also affect 48 county- or municipal-owned bridges in the five-county region.
PennDOT is posting new weight restrictions or reducing restrictions to extend the life of deteriorating bridges as a temporary solution, since it is uncertain if the state legislature will provide transportation funding to repair or replace these bridges.