County Officials Undecided on Meadows Road Bridge
Northampton County officials have not determined what should happen to the structurally deficient historic Meadows Road Bridge in Lower Saucon Township, according to a report.
A Lower Saucon Township bridge that earlier this year was labeled one of the most endangered in the country by a bridge preservation website may be living up to its threatened reputation.
According to a story published July 8 in the Express-Times, the 1858 stone arch Meadows Road Bridge is one of several spans that are of limited use or would not be cost efficient to replace, according to Northampton County documents.
The Meadows Road Bridge, which spans the Saucon Creek just west of Route 412, south of Hellertown, is reportedly not on a list of more than 40 county-owned or shared-control bridges that County Executive John Stoffa is expected to ask County Council to consider repairing or replacing with approval of a bond for up to $20 million.
In fact, the county has not decided what to do with the Meadows Road Bridge, according to the Express-Times story.
The bridge has a posted weight limit and as of April 2011 had a structural sufficiency rating of 22.9 on a scale of 100, with 100 points considered entirely sufficient and 0 considered entirely deficient.
The ratings are determined by Pennsylvania Department of Transportation inspectors.