According to the Times Herald, the Montgomery County Commissioners are looking to erect a bridge across the aging Schuylkill Canal Spillway in Mont Clare.
The commissioners are currently seeking quotes for the prefabricated bridge, which is estimated to cost approximately $819,000.
Kenneth Starr, head of the county’s Assets and Infrastructure Department, acknowledged that the spillway is a historic site, but said it’s in danger of faltering.
“There was an indication there was cracking and voids and if things were not done about it, the spillway could collapse and we would literally lose the canal,” Starr told the paper.
Starr added that the installation of the bridge should “shore up” the canal and attract more visitors to the site.
As part of the plan, other structures along the canal's western bank will be renovated as well. The area runs from Longford Road to the 29 bridge.
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