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Press Release issued by Montgomery County:
Norristown, PA (December 13, 2018) - Montgomery County engineers have completed the design work and the county is seeking bids for a project to once again re-open the Valley Green Road Bridge over the Wissahickon Creek in Whitemarsh Township.
The steel truss bridge was built in 1884 and it has been closed and reopened a number of times in recent years. It was most recently closed on March 14, 2018.
The County has attempted to reopen the bridge to restrict overweight vehicles from crossing it, but those attempts failed when numerous large vehicles ignored the warnings and collided with structures built at the approaches to the bridge.
In addition to bolstering the structure of the bridge to the point where PennDOT will permit weight-restricted traffic to cross, the current project calls for additional barriers, signage and other traffic control measures to prevent oversize vehicles from crossing and further damaging the bridge.
Depending on the timing of reviews by the Pennsylvania DEP and other regulatory agencies, and benefitting from a stretch of decent weather, it is expected that the bridge may reopen in Spring 2019.