(WBRE/WYOU-TV) It’s been a project more than 20 years in the making — but the new pond eddy bridge is finally open.
The bridge — which goes over the Delaware River — connects Pennsylvania and New York State.
Eyewitness News Reporter Eric Deasil has the details.
Cars and trucks are now able to use the new Pond Eddy bridge over the Delaware River. The 17 million dollar bridge connects 26 homes on the Pennsylvania side with New York State — and it’s the only main access point for residents.
The new bridge replaces this old “single lane” wooden deck bridge — built in 1904. Residents say the change will allow them to get big trucks across for the very first time.
“Oil deliveries, even construction materials, to bring things across, you couldn’t get a fire truck across which disturbed us very much!” George Fluhr says the Pike County Side of the bridge is filled with forest which he thinks could easily be developed into recreational areas.
It might be 20 years from now, it might be 50 years from now but without this bridge, there would be no way of accessing this….” said Fluhr.
Now that the new bridge is open — the old bridge is being demolished. The first half came down on Monday. The second and final piece of this old bridge will be taken down starting on Monday and that will mean the temporary closure of the Delaware River in this area”
There are a total of ten bridges that cross the Delaware River between New York and Pennsylvania — and this is one that PennDOT is responsible for. “We met with a lot of the historical societies, we met with the locals out there and really wanted to give the new bridge that feel of the old bridge,” said James May, PennDOT Spokesperson,.