The Bucks County Commissioners will join members of Perkasie Borough Council and the local community on November 21 to celebrate the opening of the reconstructed Walnut Street Bridge.
The Walnut Street Bridge, which has been closed since October 2017, is a vital transportation artery for businesses, commuters, visitors and first responders who serve the vibrant, revitalizing borough.
The new, $5.1 million bridge is one of 114 owned and maintained by Bucks County and its General Services Division. Eighty percent of the cost will be reimbursed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The rebuilt bridge is the fourth incarnation of a span that has crossed the East Branch of the Perkiomen Creek since 1867. It is approximately 210 feet long and 49 feet wide, will carry two lanes of traffic and will have sidewalks on both sides.
The new bridge incorporates decorative lighting and colored stone facing, which bears four plaques commemorating the original 1867 wooden bridge, the 1907 reconstructed bridge (right), the 1970 rehabilitated bridge, and the new structure.
Other significant aspects of the rebuilt bridge include reconstruction of the approach roadway; new vehicular and pedestrian signals; new retaining walls; ADA-compliant ramps, guiderail and curbing; and sidewalk and drainage improvements. The new bridge is designed to last for at least 100 years.
In recognition of the bridge’s significance to the Perkasie community and the county at large, the County Commissioners have relocated their regular 10:00 a.m. meeting on November 21 from Doylestown to Perkasie Borough Hall so that they may participate in the bridge-opening festivities, scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m.