Conshy's Elm Street Bridge to Close Monday
Will be replaced over next 10 months.
The Elm Street Bridge in Conshohocken will close Monday, ahead of a scheduled reconstruction by PennDOT, WFMZ reports.
The bridge, which crosses over the Plymouth Creek and the Cross County bicycle trail, has become structurally deficient and requires a complete overhaul, PennDOT said.
“We are rebuilding this… to provide Elm Street motorists with a safe, modern bridge for decades to come,” WFMZ quoted PennDOT District Executive Lester C. Toaso as saying.
The bridge should be closed for about ten months, and the $3.14 million project also includes drainage improvements and a retaining wall. The repairs will effectively close off the neighborhood immediately west of the bridge from the rest of the borough, requiring the long detour of traveling up Fayette Street, across North Lane to Ridge Pike, and down Conshohocken Road.
Conshohocken Council said Wednesday night that they were in the process of arranging more direct access for first responders to reach the neighborhood in the event of an emergency.