Water Street bridge to close July 22
At the July 1 Hellertown Council meeting borough engineer Bryan Smith announced that aftser several date changes, the Water Street Bridge will close July 22. The bridge is structurally deficient and is to be replaced by Kriger Construction.
According to PennDOT, the Dickson City, Lackawanna County based contractor has 60 days to complete the project and if it goes beyond that for any reason other than weather, fines will be imposed. The old 117-foot long steel I-beam bridge that crosses the Saucon Creek was completed in 1938 and approximately 8,000 drivers traverse the bridge daily. The new bridge will also be two lanes wide and have a sidewalk connecting directly to Water Street Park.
The Water Street Park and the Heller Homestead, both located next to the bridge, will remain open. According to a statement by PennDOT, east of the bridge a sign reading “Road Open to Water Street Park” will be located at the northeast corner of Front Street and Water Street. West of the bridge, a sign reading “Road Open to Heller Homestead” will be located at the intersection of Friedensville Road and Meadows Road.
Separate detours have been announced for non-trucks and trucks. For non-trucks, the detour will go from Friedensville Road to Meadows Road to Skibo road to Main Street (Route 412). For trucks the detour is much longer. The route they will have to take is from Main Street (Route 412) into South Bethlehem. From there they will need to follow East Fourth Street to Daly Avenue to East Third Street to Wyandotte Street, following route 378 to Seidersville Road to Friedensville Road.
The bridge closure has forced the Saucon Valley Farmers Market to move from the Water Street Park to an area next to the Hellertown Library at 409 Constitution Ave. The Market is open on Sundays between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.