Borough: No News on High Street Bridge
Hellertown officials recently told a local business owner they don't know when the closed High Street Bridge will be replaced.
Bob Hero approached Hellertown Borough Council to ask about the status of the timber, one-lane High Street Bridge; a span that closed to traffic not long after a state report detailed its structural deficiencies.
The bridge--which spans a railroad right-of-way--is located entirely within the City of Bethlehem, although the eastern end of it borders the borough line.
For that reason it is now up to the city to replace the bridge.
Borough officials signed off on a required maintenance agreement for the bridge months ago, councilman Tom Rieger told Hero.
"It's in (the city's) hands now," he said; a statement that borough council solicitor Michael Corriere confirmed.
Rieger also said there are no plans to replace the closed Seidersville Road metal truss bridge located about a quarter of a mile west of the High Street Bridge.
The Seidersville Road bridge--which spans the Saucon Creek--is county-owned and closed because of structural deficiencies just a few months before the High Street Bridge did.