Reporting Brad Segall
By Brad Segall
LOWER MORELAND, Pa. (CBS) – There may be a glimmer of hope for residents of Lower Moreland and Bryn Athyn in Montgomery County who have had to find alternate routes when the county closed the Fetters Mill Bridge.
The bridge spans the Pennypack Creek and has been in use for nearly 130 years, but it was closed in late October because of structural concerns. County officials say the timetable calls for reconstruction work to begin sometime in 2014 with completion set for the following year.
But, County Commissioner Leslie Richards says they’re exploring the possibility of a temporary fix that would reopen the span until construction begins.
“Well, I know that it’s ongoing now and what it would require it would add a wood beam underneath and that would give it enough strength. It would be weight restricted.”
Richards says this bridge was not slated for funding before the current commissioners took office a year ago January. She says the county now has a fairly aggressive bridge repair program where the plan is to fix as many as they can.