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Heads Up, Henry!

Lane closures starting Monday for Henry Avenue bridge deck repairs.

The Wissahickon Memorial bridge leads Henry Avenue across the creek near Philadelphia/Jefferson University. According to PennDOT, it’s a reinforced concrete “open spandrel deck arch” bridge built in 1931, now carrying nearly 30,000 vehicles per day.

And it needs some fixing.  Starting Monday, Eastbound motorists on Henry Avenue will face extra traffic, thanks to right-lane closures during bridge deck repairs. FYI, PennDOT’s spending over almost 12 million dollars to rehab five structurally-deficient bridges, including ours.

The work should be finished by early December. Until then, drivers are advised to allow extra time for more traffic congestion than usual on this stretch of Henry.

For more information, visit PennDOT’s “Construction Map” highlighting current projects on PA roads by county. Sign up for their weekly bulletin for all the latest roadwork news and alerts. They’re also on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram so… go crazy, Traffic Freaks! (You know who you are.)


Read PennDOT’s original press release about this project here

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2 Comments

  1. The bridge was completely redone about 5 years ago as a shovel ready Obama’s project. Now it’s ‘structurally deficient?’

    • Carolyn Fillmore

      Wow, really? Then yeah this is weird, especially considering how badly the Falls Bridge needs repairs. Also, PennDOT announced they would be doing all this work on Lincoln this year but practically nothing has been done so… yeaaaaah. More Municipal Mysteries….

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