SEPTA to close Bridgeport Viaduct for four months
SEPTA has announced it will close the Bridgeport Viaduct for four months for repairs.
The bridge’s closure is scheduled to begin on July 8 and expected to last into November.
The viaduct carries SEPTA’s Norristown High Speed Line across the Schuylkill River between the Bridgeport Station and Norristown Transportation Center. Shuttle buses will replace train service between the two stops over the four-month period.
“The bridge was built in 1911 and is showing signs of deterioration like cracks, spalling concrete, and corrosion,” Jeff Knueppel, SEPTA’s deputy general manager, said in a news release announcing the repairs. “More importantly, the bridge ties that sit directly upon the steel structure and hold the rail in place are rotting and failing.”
The $7.5 million project will be completed by Railworks Track Systems of Sewell, N.J.