Lehigh Valley

Coplay-Northampton bridge to close soon for three years

COPLAY, Pa. - Some people in the Lehigh Valley are preparing to find a new way to get around town after learning a popular bridge will be closing down for years.

The Coplay-Northampton Bridge crosses the Lehigh River and is the most convenient way to travel back and forth between the two municipalities.

It's evident the bridge has seen better days, but some say it could put a hit on nearby businesses, while others say it may make the quality of life a little nicer for a while.

"It would be nice to get the bridge safe," said Sharon Casey, a Coplay resident.

Northampton Borough's Michael Janis walks the bridge a few times a week to get groceries. He doesn't have a car, and the bridge will be completely closed when a new one is put in.

"I'm going to have to take an alternative route," said Janis. "But I'm glad to see it's going to be rebuilt. It doesn't look too safe."

Those who live and work near the Coplay Northampton Bridge say the upcoming closure could cause some headaches for those who drive it and walk it.

Coplay's Egypt Star Bakery is just steps from the bridge. Many of its customers rely on the crossing to get to the store.

"A lot of folks come over from the Northampton side, so we might be a little slower," said Lois Neith of the Egypt Star Bakery.

While it may affect nearby business, this woman who lives nearby is actually looking forward to it.

"Honestly, I'll kind of enjoy the quiet being that people like to speed across that bridge," said Casey.

The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission expects the new bridge will cost more than 21 million dollars.

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