Graterford Road Bridge could be rebuilt in 2015

This photo from PennDOT shows the cracks in the Grateford Road Bridge that caused it to be closed to traffic in June. Photo courtesy the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

PERKIOMEN — The Graterford Road Bridge, which closed suddenly due to structural issues, is slated to be replaced at some point in 2015.

Linking Perkiomen and Skippack, the bridge failed a recent PennDOT inspection when cracks of various sizes were discovered in the bridge’s beams. Deterioration of the bridge’s deck was also noted.

The bridge was closed the afternoon of June 17.

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A new bridge will be built in the current bridge’s location as soon as next year, according to press releases from state Reps. Marcy Toepel, Mike Rafferty and Robert Mensch.

PennDOT said, in the meantime, normal Graterford Road Bridge traffic will be detoured to routes 29 and 73 as well as Plank Road.

The bridge was originally built in 1957 and carried 2,899 vehicles per day, according to PennDOT.