Construction and repairs of the Gradyville Road bridge in Newtown Square, which were expected to be finished in a year or less, have been delayed.
Construction should now be completed and the bridge reopened by mid-February, 2014, according to the Newtown Township website.
Previously, township officials had stated an anticipation date and a "best-case scenario" date of approximately one year from the announcement of when the bridge was deemed dangerous and closed to the public.
Last summer, township officials anticipated the repairs would be completed and the bridge reopened by February 2013.
The new timeline has the project going to bid by late June 2013 and a "Notice to Proceed," which would start the construction process by September 2013, according to the township website.
Reasons for the delays include, issues with plan approvals by PennDOT, which had moved the start date of construction and a request from Edgmont Township and DELCORA (Delaware County Regional Water Quality Control Authority) regarding a force main pipe as part of the bridge design and construction to accommodate future sewer needs.