Ridley Park Businesses Impacted by PennDOT Shutdown of Bridge

The closed bridge in Ridley Park
Image via CBS Philly.

Businesses and emergency services in Ridley Park are being affected by a PennDOT decision to close a bridge that leads into the center of town, writes Joe Holden for CBS News.

The bridge was built in 1904 and rebuilt in 1952. Now PennDOT says it isn’t safe.

PennDOT shut down the bridge July 20 to vehicles and pedestrians.

About 3,000 vehicles use the bridge every day, many to reach the businesses along Sellers Avenue.  Many report that earnings are down.

“Finally getting back to business. We were really happy and now, we have another setback that’s going to be years on end,” said Lux and Roses Beauty Salon worker Kelly Cook.

 “It’s really been unfortunate because it’s hampering our business and then if you look across there, is the firehouse,” said Ridley Park Borough Council President Dane Collins.

Without the bridge, it’s harder for firefighters, EMS and police to reach different neighborhoods in the borough.

The bridge could be closed a while, though it could be open a bit at a time starting in January 2023. Final completion is slated for end of summer 2025.

Read more at CBS News about the impact of a bridge closure in Ridley Park.

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