Lenape Bridge closure extended 3 more days

The detours associated with closing Route 52 between Pocopson Road and Creek Road in Pocopson Township will continue a bit longer, PennDOT said on Thursday, May 26.

This past week, area residents received insight into what traffic will be like when the Route 926 Bridge closes for six months in February. Crews have been working to repair damage caused by a March 10 accident when a truck hit the Lenape Bridge’s stone parapet – damage exacerbated by another truck collision in the same spot on May 18.

PennDOT spokesman Brad Rudolph said crews working on the Lenape Bridge needed more time. He said workers are scheduled to return on Tuesday, May 31, through Thursday, June 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting. Route 52 motorists will be detoured over Pocopson Road, Route 926, and Creek Road. Drivers are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the area.

“It’s possible the remaining work may only take two days,” Rudolph said, “but we’ve allowed three just in case.”

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras. 511PA is also available through a cellphone app.

The Route 926 project, on the drawing board for more than a decade, is expected to take a year, but detours should only last six months and access to businesses in the area of the bridge will be kept open. Work is expected to begin in February with the installation of a traffic light at Route 52 and Pocopson Road, according to PennDOT.

 

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About Kathleen Brady Shea

Kathleen Brady Shea, a nearly lifelong area resident, has been reporting on local news for several decades, including 19 years at the Philadelphia Inquirer. She believes that journalists provide a vital watchdog service in the community, and she embraces that commitment. In addition to unearthing news, she also enjoys digging up dirt in her garden, a hobby that frequently fosters Longwood Gardens envy. Along with her husband, Pete, she lives in a historic residence near the Brandywine Battlefield, a property that is also home to a sheep, a goat, and a passel of fish.

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