County Sidewalk on Walnut Street Bridge Open

Repairs to the sidewalk along the Walnut Street Bridge have been completed. The repair project was successful and the sidewalk was opened late Wednesday.  Despite being an unexpected repair, the project was completed ahead of schedule. When the pedestrian span failed inspection at the end of the summer, the County had expected the bidding and construction of the project to extend into December.

In the beginning of October, Bucks County moved forward with $112,900 in repairs to the Walnut Street bridge (County Bridge No. 13) despite plans to tear it down sometime in the future.

The construction plans for the pedestrian and vehicular span over the East Branch of the Perkiomen Creek have been in the works since the early 90’s.  Funding the project was an issue early on until federal dollars were secured. Since then, the County has been working hard on changing the project plans, specifications and bidding documents into strict accordance with PennDOT formatting and procedures. Environmental and cultural resource approvals also had to be reviewed by Federal agencies.

The current schedule for the project on the state Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) is to have the project bid in the Spring of 2018, but all parties are working to compress that schedule if possible.