County Permanently Closes Roberts Road Bridge

County Permanently Closes Roberts Road Bridge
Cracks and openings are in the bridge’s foundation are visible to even the untrained eye

LOWER SALFORD PA – “Bridge Closed,” twin signs now silently blare (at top), on both sides of the Montgomery County-owned bridge on Roberts Road over Skippack Creek.

The deteriorating structure, which for years carried vehicular traffic across the waterway between Cassell and Skippack Creek roads in Lower Salford, at mid-day Monday (July 5, 2021) was the domain of only occasional joggers and dog-walkers. The county Roads and Bridges Department on June 18 (Friday) permanently closed what is officially known as “Bridge 145,” following a scheduled inspection.

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation inspectors, earlier last month, “deemed the structure unsafe and gave orders to the county to close it immediately,” Lower Salford’s township newsletter reported Thursday (July 1). “The bridge has sustained damage from the number of heavy storms over the past several years and it is no longer safe for traffic by vehicle or by pedestrian, and is being permanently closed,” it said.

Apparently that news hadn’t yet reached the dogs, their walkers, or those runners. They seemed to be enjoying the solitude of trees near the bridge, the quietly flowing creek below, and bright sunshine that beckoned Monday from beyond the bridge’s west side.

PennDOT has established a detour route around Roberts Road that uses Cassell, Fretz, and Skippack Creek roads to avoid the bridge closure. The newsletter provides a link to it, here.

The Roberts Road bridge inspection was one of 25 planned for county-owned bridges through October. Two more are already scheduled for 2022.

County Permanently Closes Roberts Road Bridge
Guard rail supports show their age

Photos by The Post