UPDATE: Additional details on Walnut Lane Bridge closure
PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 6 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., announced today she has an update regarding the Walnut Lane Bridge.
“I have additional news,” DeLissio said, concerning the anticipated length of time the bridge will be out of commission. “The Walnut Lane Bridge detour will only be needed for six months.”
DeLissio said the detour route will use state-owned roads as shown on the map below. The detour will take traffic over Henry Avenue, Midvale Avenue and Wissahickon Avenue. The duration of the 3.25-mile detour will not exceed six months. Pedestrian access across the bridge will be maintained throughout construction, with police officers used as-needed for traffic-control assistance.
DeLissio said PennDOT will adjust the timing of traffic signals along the detour route as needed to enhance traffic flow during construction.
Rehabilitation for the entire bridge project, which includes roadway improvements to the existing Walnut Lane roundabout, will require approximately 18 to 24 months.
Furthermore, as an enticement for the contractor to complete the work and open the bridge in under six months, DeLissio said PennDOT will include in the construction contract a financial disincentive should the bridge closure exceed six months.
Since the bridge is on the National Register of Historic Places, there is no disputing the repairs are needed and welcomed, DeLissio said.
“Sharing these additional details in advance of the start of repair work will help commuters absorb the detours they may need to incorporate into their travel routines,” she said. “It is still anticipated that the project will commence in May.”