Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

Greenwood Avenue bridge to open Monday in Montco

CHELTENHAM After two years of detours and $5.5 million of construction, PennDot plans to open the newly built Greenwood Avenue bridge Monday morning.

The bridge will carry two lanes of traffic and two sidewalks over the Jenkintown SEPTA station. The bridge is in Cheltenham Township at the border of Jenkintown Borough.

The structure will also match the area's aesthetics, with stone walls and a decorative fence.

The old bridge closed due to structural deficiency in June 2012. At the time, officials estimated the replacement would be complete in September 2013, according to a project page on Jenkintown Borough's website.

The project took nine months longer than that due to extensive utility work and the extreme winter, the borough said.

The project required that the 72-year-old bridge be demolished and a temporary utility bridge be built to hold phone, power, and gas lines until they could be transferred to the new structure.

The old bridge carried 8,600 vehicles a day, PennDot said. - Jessica Parks

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