PennDOT has announced a new weight restriction for a bridge in Upper Saucon Township.
The Camp Meeting Road bridge over the Saucon Creek will be posted with a weight limit of 35 tons, or 40 tons for combination loads, according to a news release.
The bridge is one of 85 state-owned spans in PennDOT District 5’s six-county region that "will be posted with new or lowered weight restrictions to slow the rate of deterioration of those bridges and ensure safety," the release said.
The six-county region includes Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon, Monroe, Schuylkill and Berks counties.
"Those structures are among about 1,000 structurally deficient bridges statewide that PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch authorized for new or added weight restrictions on Thursday," the press release indicated.
"PennDOT must take this step because of legislative inaction this past June on transportation funding, leaving the department’s future resources in question. Reducing the weight traveling on these bridges will slow down their deterioration and preserve safety while funding for their repairs remains uncertain," it added.