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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.

A 102-year-old bridge near Hellertown that has been is , but when that will happen is not known, borough officials told a business owner Aug. 6.

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 .

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 , 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 .

Tony and JoAnn Casciano August 20, 2012 at 12:39 PM
What a load of political BS. Isn't there anyone in the borough who can get to the bottom of this. It's obvious that there's not enough glamor in this for someone to take it on. Don't you just love how these people constanly pass the buck. Put some pressure on the City of Bethlehem to get this done. Millions of dollars are being spent for new roads to the cash cow casino. But they can't find a few bucks to fix the bridges. Between both of the bridges listed, it has to be over three years since that road has been open. Another situation where the government is working for the people.
Erna Branco August 20, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Every day cars drive right up to the bridge before they realize it is closed. When functions are happening at Lehigh, GPS's are sending cars to go over the bridge. One morning my husband spent 3 hours directing traffic at the corner of Clauser and High.
Mom to 3 August 20, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Something needs to be done and soon.
Hugh Gallagher August 20, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Missing from this report is the information about the Railroad and their offer to fill in the area below the bridge and repave it and the resisitance of the walking trail people to anything other than what suits their own agenda. While we wait in traffic jams.
Angeline Alvarez August 21, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Ridiculous!!!! This needs to be repaired. Someone needs to hold the reigns and get the job done.
Kelly August 22, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Need a bigger "bridge closed" sign for the time being.
Mom to 3 August 22, 2012 at 08:55 PM
I noticed today that they painted the concrete barrier yellow and black. Not sure how that is going to help repair the bridge though.
Kelly August 23, 2012 at 02:17 PM
I meant where the light is on main/ high st... Tiny sign. I live a few houses up as well.
Jeffrey October 28, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Sandy is coming!!!! The only outlet gets flooded. How am I going to get out if needed? Is someone from the goverment coming to pick us up?
A LAGERDA October 29, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Fix this bridge! The neighborhoods to the west have "exploded" in the past 20 years and this cuts off access to Hellertown the the shopping and other commerce that city provides. The approaching storm may cut off the area completely if Saucon Creek floods to the north. This is a safety issue... Al Lagerda, USAF (retired Chief of Safety, former Bethlehem resident)
Chris July 11, 2013 at 02:47 AM
I watch them all the time at that bridge pull all the way to the barrier and than another car pulls up soon there's 12 behind and the first car doesn't have room to turnaround one time I seen a motorcycle while I was leaf blowing the road go in between the little open area next to the barrier before they put up the rope that bridge has to be open like NOW I also seen a tour bus go over that bridge no granted that the equal wait is not all on the bridge but that bridge can stand up to a lot of weight nobody cares anymore about roads or life or anything 21st century for ya

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