Bridgeport Viaduct to go on hiatus

Inspectors check SEPTA's Bridgeport Viaduct, which will be closed starting July 8 until November for repair work. (SEPTA Photo)

SEPTA has announced that the Bridgeport viaduct — "the bridge that carries SEPTA’s Norristown High Speed Line over the Schuylkill River between Bridgeport Station and the Norristown
Transportation Center (NTC) — will close to allow crews to complete a track and timber
replacement project and perform some structural repairs. The Viaduct will be closed
through November 2013. During this four month period, shuttle buses will replace train
service between NTC and Bridgeport."

No fixes, no service between the Norristown Transportation Center and Bridgeport, SEPTA said in a statement.

"The bridge was built in 1911 and is showing signs of deterioration like cracks, spalling concrete and corrosion,” said SEPTA deputy general manager Jeff Knueppel. “More importantly, the bridge ties that sit directly upon the steel structure and hold the rail in place are rotting and failing.”

The agency said major capital funding cuts over the last several years has thwarted more comprehensive timber replacement and structural repairs.

"On weekdays during construction, trains will operate between 69th Street Transportation
Center and Bridgeport Station. Shuttle buses will be used to transport customers across
the Viaduct between NTC and Bridgeport Station.

"On weekends, trains will operate between 69th Street Transportation Center and Hughes
Park Station. Shuttle buses will serve Gulph Mills, DeKalb, Bridgeport and NTC.
Passengers using Hughes Park should remain on the train, as shuttle buses will not stop at
that station," SEPTA said.

For more information, call SEPTA at 215-580-7800 or go online to