Bridge to close for demolition
Northampton Borough Council, at its May 4 meeting, was informed the Coplay-Northampton Bridge will be closed to traffic May 31. The present 1930s-era bridge will be demolished and a new bridge erected during a three-year project.
“We have received a communication from Shawn Samek, of Trumbull Corporation, notifying us that in all likelihood the Coplay (Northampton) Bridge will be closed on May 31, 2017,” borough Manager LeRoy Brobst advised council.
The notice prompted Councilman Anthony Lopsonzski Sr. to mention all the delays in bringing the bridge project to fruition.
“It (bridge) falls down by itself,” bringing chuckles from his colleagues.
Told on several previous occasions over recent years of the bridge’s demise and new construction, council was in disbelief when the project would actually unfold, scheduled for replacement before the Hokendauqua-North Catasauqua Bridge, which opened November 2015.
Councilman Robert McHale said on one occasion he was taking wagers, tongue in cheek, on one such notice regarding the closure of the bridge.
Brobst said he was told there is expected to be preliminary work at the bridge to begin before the end of the month, none that would require its closure. He said the end of May was chosen in order that Memorial Day programs would not be affected.
Detour signs will soon go up. It is expected most motorists will utilize the Hokendauqua-North Catasauqua Bridge as the alternate route for travel, rather than the heavily traversed Cementon-Northampton Bridge, with its mix of passenger vehicles and large trucks.