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Historic Fetters Mill Bridge, in Bryn Athyn, To Reopen -- With Restrictions

By Brad Segall

BRYN ATHYN, Pa. (CBS) -- There's good news for residents of Lower Moreland and Bryn Athyn who regularly use the Fetters Mill Bridge: officials in Montgomery County have found a way to reopen the bridge… for now.

The nearly 130-year-old bridge over the Pennypack Creek was shut down last October because of structural concerns, and isn't scheduled for an overhaul until late next year.  But residents were hoping for a temporary fix that would at least reopen the span to traffic.

Montgomery County commissioner Leslie Richards says those repairs should be made within the next two weeks.

"It will be weight-restricted to three tons, which means that trucks, buses, and emergency vehicles will not be permitted to use it," she tells KYW Newsradio.  Cars will be allowed to cross the bridge one at a time.

The bridge will be inspected every six months to ensure its safety.  And at this point, the county says, there is no guarantee that this temporary repair will keep the bridge open until the scheduled reconstruction.

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