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Deteriorated bridge compels Hilltown road closure


Motorists traveling through Hilltown should be ready for a detour, township officials say.

Tom Hess, Hilltown’s director of public works, announced that a bridge has fallen into deep disrepair and a road closure is needed.

“Due to severe deterioration of the bridge on Schoolhouse Road, between Keystone Drive and Bethlehem Pike, the road will be closed indefinitely for the safety and well-being of the community,” Hess shared in a statement. “Thank you for your cooperation.”

As of yet, there isn’t a time frame for when the road might be reopened or when necessary repair/overhaul work on the bridge will occur.

Hess noted that, given the expected scale of the project, law dictates that the work will have to be opened up to public bidding from contractors.

The bidding process can take weeks or even months, as the township board of supervisors typically has to approve advertising for the soliciting of bids, allow time for the bids to be received, review the bids, and then award to the winner during a vote at a public meeting.

Permits for the project will also be required. Hess said a detour route is in the works, but can only be shared after being approved by state officials.