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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.

 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 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.

E.M. July 20, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Great...possibly another bridge in Hellertown that we can't use. Classic.
LowerSauconMomOf2 July 20, 2012 at 12:55 PM
This bridge is extremely necessary....especially considering the recent building boom in this area of Lower Saucon. To not repair or replace it is unacceptable! Due to the historic beauty of this bridge, repairing it is preferable to replacing it.
Mom to 3 July 20, 2012 at 01:20 PM
How about they deal with the two bridges on High street that they already have closed before they start screwing around with another one.
Stephanie Brown July 20, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Josh, this article is a little misleading as the history of the bridge is more complicated as is reported here. Also, many bridges have poor suffciency ratings, not only localy, but in the State and the US. It does not mean the bridge dangerous. The bridge is routinely checked by the county for safety. The county has spent alot of money to keep the bridge safe, but used the wrong type of materials to repair it, mainly Portland cement , instead of lime mortar. Cement holds water and does not allow the bridge to breath as it needs to. Much of the infrastructure of the US was built with the thinking that it would last forever and upkeep was never planned for. The county is guilty of neglecting many bridges and only acting after there was a problem, not being proactive. But the township is also at fault for allowing overweight trucks for using the brdge without being citied. But the one time there was an overweight truck cited for using the bridge, the local district justice refused to find the driver guilty for using it due to the fact that Meadows Rd also had the same wight limit. I don't understand why. I was told that the driver was found guilty for failure to obey a traffic signal. The township asked that the bridge be saved and not torn down as it is an important part of the history of not only the township, but the county, as it is one of the few 4 arch stone bridges in the county.
localgirl88 July 21, 2012 at 02:39 AM
i agree that they need to deal with all the other closed birdges before messing with this one. Otherwise it'll just mean another detour and more traffic on Taylor and the road by the Griss Mill as if they arent bad enough.
blue July 22, 2012 at 01:33 PM
I agree. Aside from the fact that this bridge was a part of my childhood, to tear down such a beautiful, charming, and historic bridge would be so very wrong. We are fortunate to have this in our town. How could this even be considered...

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