Anderson Ave. closed while inspectors eye beam damage


Lower Merion Police warned late this afternoon warning that Anderson Avenue between Montgomery and Lancaster Avenues in Ardmore will be closed until further notice.

Lower Merion police said that the Anderson Avenue bridge and railroad overpass in Ardmore are unharmed, but an I-Beam protecting the northbound bridge approach was damaged today when a truck was stuck beneath it.

Public Safety Superintendent Mike McGrath said Anderson Avenue will remain closed from three to six more hours, while inspectors assess the damage. He described the damage as “extensive.”

The railroad overpass was damaged by a moving company truck that became wedged beneath it at 1:30 p.m., reported Pete Bannon of Main Line Media News. Read his report:

Bannon said the truck was traveling northward towards Lancaster Avenue when the back part of it became lodged under the bridge at the point of the I-Beam.

A photo Bannon took of the bridge and the truck shows a sign that reads: Clearance 10 feet 6 inches.

McGrath said he expected charges to be filed against the truck driver.

“The investigator is still on scene, so I do not have specifics,” McGrath wrote in an email.

An item on Montgomery County’s online list of incidents requiring an emergency dispatch indicated that the truck was too heavy for a local towing company to handle, so it had to be unloaded.

No vehicles were allowed on Anderson Avenue during that operation.

Anderson Avenue is critical because it is one gateway to Ardmore. Recently, the overpass was renovated to include colorful lights and big letters that say: Ardmore.

The incident took place near the Suburban Square Shopping Center.

Detour signs are posted. A schedule for permanent repairs to the beam has not been set, McGrath said.