Montco bridge reopening delayed after crews snag gas main

Mark Abrams
August 07, 2019 - 8:18 am
The rehab of the Byberry Road Bridge in Upper Moreland, Montgomery County is finished. But a major complication is preventing it from re-opening.

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UPPER MORELAND TWP., Pa (KYW Newsradio) — The long-anticipated re-opening of the small but heavily used Byberry Road Bridge in Upper Moreland has been delayed because of a subcontractor's costly digging mistake.

The two-lane Byberry Road Bridge over a tiny section of the Southampton Creek has been closed for repairs since April. The bridge carries a major connector road between Upper Moreland and Bryn Athyn in Montgomery County and also is a main route used by many to connect with I-95. Thousands of drivers who use this bridge for their daily commute were hoping to see the two-lane stone structure back in business.

That actually was supposed to happen on Tuesday night, according to a job site inspector. But he said the crew digging the holes for the metal posts to hold the metal guardrail stretching from the edges of the bridge hit an 8-inch PECO gas main.

Now, PECO crews are working to replace the damaged section of the main. And the inspector says the rough weather in the forecast might slow the crews down.

He says even if PECO pushes, the guardrail installation must still be completed, which could delay the reopening of the bridge until Friday.

No residential or business customers are impacted by the main break.

The bridge closing has forced some 11,000 daily drivers onto a detour that runs through Bucks and Montgomery counties and has been choked with traffic during morning and evening rush hours.