Vote clears funding for area bridge projects

Five major road and bridge projects in Montgomery County were approved Thursday by the Delaware River Regional Planning Commission.

The approval was necessary for funds from last year’s transportation bill to be released to pay for the work.

Locally, the projects include: rehabilitation of the Route 73 bridge over Skippack Creek in Perkiomen Township and replacement of the Second Avenue bridge over a branch of Mingo Creek in Upper Providence Township.

The other projects include: reconstruction of the Route 422 bridge over the Schuylkill River between North Coventry and West Pottsgrove townships, a bridge rehabilitation project in Cheltenham township and a wetlands restoration project along the Route 309 corridor that “were not properly restoring during the Route 309 reconstruction,” according to a release from Montgomery County.

“The DVRPC approval is a major step in beginning to reduce the backlog of projects and improving deteriorating infrastructure in Montgomery County and the entire region,” said Montgomery County Commissioners Vice Chair Leslie Richards, who also sits on the DVRPC board and voted for the package.