Willits Road bridge work is in your future

The bridge that car­ries Wil­lits Road over the Wooden Bridge Run will be re­duced to one lane while re­pairs are made — in mid-2014.

The span over the Pennypack Creek trib­u­tary is between Cloverly and Ry­er­son roads. The deck and sup­port­ing beams need some work, said Eu­gene Blaum, a Pennsylvania De­part­ment of Trans­port­a­tion spokes­man. The re­pair work is in the design phase and won’t even be put out to bid un­til 2014, he said, adding work could be­gin that sum­mer.

The bridge will be open dur­ing con­struc­tion, he said, but re­duced to one lane. Tem­por­ary sig­nals will be used to con­trol traffic flow­ing over the bridge, he said.

Two nearby Holme Av­en­ue bridges were closed to traffic over the sum­mer and just re­opened in Oc­to­ber. One spans a freight line; the oth­er, Wooden Bridge Run (or Wood Run). 

The bridge over the rail­road was in such bad shape that it had to be com­pletely closed while a new struc­ture was put up, for­cing Holme Av­en­ue traffic to be de­toured for sev­er­al months. ••

You can reach at jloftus@bsmphilly.com.

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