Two area bridges have been inspected by engineers appointed by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation are determined to be in need of emergency repairs.
The bridge on East Oak Street near MLK Park was determined to need deck repairs. The repairs are scheduled to begin Tuesday or Wednesday of this week and will require closing of the bridge to vehicle traffic for seven to 10 days. Pedestrians will still be able to cross the bridge along MLK Park and access both MLK and Simmons parks. Signs will be posted on the west side of Arch Street and the east side of Violet Street alerting drivers to the closing.
The bridge on East Basin Street over Saw Mill Run is in need of repair underneath the bridge and should not require the closing of the bridge. Work on the East Basin Street bridge should also take from seven to 10 days and should be completed by the end of December, dependent on weather.
The Norristown Area School District has been notified of the closing and bus routes will be changed accordingly.
Norristown Municipal Council voted on Tuesday, Dec. 4 to approve the emergency repairs and award the $70,950 contract to Loftus Construction Inc. of Cinnaminson, N.J.
For more information, contact the Norristown Public Works Department at 610-270-0437.