Penndot officials held a public meeting this evening to discuss proposed improvements to the River Road Railroad Bridge in Lawrence Township.
The low-clearance bridge, has been the scene of several accidents over the years, where high clearance trucks crash into the bottom of it.
It’s located on River Road, between Routes 879 and 322, has a clearance of twelve feet four inches.
The planned improvement is to build a new portion of the bridge that will have a clearance of 14 and a half feet.
“The bridge was built in 1909, it continues to get hit, it’s a truss bridge, it can only handle so many hits. It’s over a hundred years old. It’s past it’s useful life. Especially considering how many times it’s been hit. So in my mind it’s very needed.”
The project will go out to bid in the coming weeks. And is expected to start in the Summer of 2024 and would last approximately 2 weeks.