Government Transportation

Newtown Bridge’s Pedestrian Walkway Closed Due To Broken Boards

The bridge was constructed in the late 1700s.

Credit: Madeline Ann

Those who want to use the pedestrian walkway on the Centre Avenue Bridge in Newtown Borough found out this week that it had been closed.

The borough announced the emergency closure because the walkway over the Newtown Creek “is in a state of disrepair.”

The bridge remained open this week to vehicles.

The bridge is owned by PennDOT and was listed as being in “fair” condition by the state. Records state the span is “functionally obsolete.”

Krys Johnson, a spokesperson for PennDOT, told that the problem that caused the pedestrian closure was several rotted boards have broken through.

“The Centre Avenue Bridge pedestrian crossing will remain closed until the Bucks County maintenance crew can repair it. We are waiting for a repair time frame,” Johnson said.

The bridge dates back to 1796 and has had upgrades over the years.

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