By Mark Abrams

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Construction crews are beginning work on a refurbishing project this week on the historic Walnut Lane Bridge across the Wissahickon Creek between Germantown and Roxborough.

“The bridge carries 16,810 vehicles a day.”

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PennDOT’s Charles Metzger says drivers are going to find restrictions being put into place this week along the bridge, located in Fairmount Park in Northwest Philadelphia.

“Crews will be working from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to set up the work zone which will be on the bridge during the first phase of construction. They’ll be painting new traffic lines and then installing concrete barrier.”

Metzger says the overall plan is to remove the existing bridge deck and replace it with a new concrete deck. He says they will also replace the sidewalk, sidewalk supports and the handrail system, and repair the bridge abutments and piers.”

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Metzger says traffic and pedestrians will be allowed on the bridge until spring, when the entire bridge will be closed for six months.

During that period, the detour will take traffic to Wissahickon Avenue, Midvale Avenue and Henry Avenue.

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Metzger says the nearly $15 million bridge project should be finished by August 2017.