Pedestrian bridge to open in Evansburg State Park

Montgomery County has scrapped plans to demolish the Fern Avenue Bridge in Collegeville, which has been closed to traffic for at least 20 years due to dangerous conditions, the commissioners said. 

Instead, the county will refurbish the bridge for pedestrian use, providing a link to the planned Evansburg Loop Trail.

The Fern Avenue Bridge crosses Skippack Creek in Evansburg State Park. Once the restoration is complete, the state will take ownership of the bridge, commissioners said.

The county is applying for a state Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program grant of up to $380,000, to provide up to half the restoration costs. Demolition would have cost about $250,000, county officials said.