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Wall Street Bridge in Leesport opens weeks ahead of schedule

Bridge replacement project began in October 2017

LEESPORT, Pa. - People driving through Leesport were met with good news late Wednesday morning.

The new East Wall Street bridge over the Schuylkill River opened to drivers shortly before 11 a.m., according to PennDOT.

Officials said the opening comes about a month before work on the new bridge had been expected to be complete.

South Schuylkill Avenue will remain closed for approximately another week to complete river bank slope repair immediately adjacent to the project, according to borough Councilman David J. Reimer Sr.

The $4.8-million project to replace the old bridge began in October 2017 and was originally supposed to be finished by the end of 2018, but the need to move some power lines caused delays, officials said.

The new bridge measures 214 feet long and 40 feet wide, a foot longer and 16 feet wider than the old span, which was built in 1915 and reconstructed in 1969.

The section of East Wall Street has an average daily traffic volume of 7,546 vehicles.


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