Bridge Deterioration Closes Part of West Cedarville Road

NORTH COVENTRY PA – The Chester County-owned Eckers Run Bridge on a section of West Cedarville Road, between Creek Road and Dogwood Court in North Coventry, was closed to traffic Wednesday (March 16, 2022), after an annual engineering inspection “identified severe deterioration” that posed safety hazards, the township police department reported on its CrimeWatch website.

A detour route is already in place, the department added in a Thursday (March 17) update. Drivers traveling east and west through the township who would have otherwise relied on West Cedarville Road are now directed to use Temple Road.

Nearby road closures also were expanded as a result of a “coordinated” plan with the county, police said. Officially closed are:

  • West Cedarville Road from Catfish Lane to Sheep Hill Road;
  • The entire length of Creek Road from West Cedarville Road to Sheep Hill Road; and
  • Catfish Lane from Temple Road to its intersection with Valley View Road.

The nature or extent of the bridge deterioration was not described. Police said they were advised the county is “currently assessing the condition of the bridge and evaluating a time frame for reopening.”

The latest bridge closing comes at a difficult time for local drivers, the department acknowledged.

“The township recognizes the (Pennsylvania Department of Transportation) closure of state Route 724 between Catfish Lane and Laurelwood Road, which was due to culvert failure in September 2021, has impacted local roads and our community as a whole,” the department said in a closing paragraph. North Coventry remains “committed to advocating for our residents in the advancement of these projects and implement these measures in an effort to sustain our road infrastructure system.”

“We appreciate the patience of the public at this time,” it concluded.

Bridge Deterioration Closes West Cedarville Road

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Map graphic created by The Posts, based on information provided by North Coventry police