County closes Fet­ters Mill Bridge in Bryn Athyn

The Globe - - POLICEREPORTS - By Caitlin Burns

Res­i­dents of Lower More­land and Bryn $Whyn wLOO hDvH WR find Dn DOter­na­tive route for driv­ing in the near fu­ture in­stead of us­ing Fet­ters Mill Bridge over the Pen­ny­pack Creek. In late Oc­to­ber Mont­gomery County de­cided to close the bridge to all ve­hLFuODr WrDI­fiF, whLFh LRwHr 0RrH­land Town­ship said was due to struc­tural con­cerns.

The bridge, which is owned by the county, dates back to 1883 and has been in use for nearly 130 years. Ac­cord­ing to the county, the bridge ren­o­va­tions will al­low for not only cars to pass over the bridge that con­nects Fet­ters Mill Road, but also school buses and emer­gency ve­hi­cles un­der 15 tons. While the county es­ti­mates con­struc­tion will start in 2013, it is re­ly­ing on ap­prox­i­mately 80 per­cent of the funds for the ren­o­va­tions from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment. The rest of the fund­ing will be bro­ken down into 15 per­cent county and 5 per­cent town­ship funds.

Ac­cord­ing to Mont­gomery County, the bridge will be closed for an exWHndHd pHrLRd RI WLPH. CRunWy RI­fiFLDOV added they did not know when con­struc­tion would be com­plete and that the bridge will not be re-open­ing any­time soon.

7rDI­fiF LV Fur­rHnWOy bHLng dHWRurHd around the bridge as di­rected by posted signs. For more in­for­ma­tion, contact Mont­gomery County at 610-278-3020.

The Fet­ters Mill Bridge was closed in late Oc­to­ber due to struc­tural is­sues.

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