(PennDOT apparently delivered big old pieces of concrete at some point today to keep people OFF the bridge.)
Someone else was kind enough to send me some photos today. Except for the one above I have cropped them in a little so people can see the damage that occurred with the accident over the weekend.
This particular photographer and I were discussing how someone would wedge their SUV in the middle of the bridge, and we came to the conclusion that there must’ve been some kind of speed involved, and quite possibly someone both unfamiliar with the road and driving on wooded covered bridge surfaces.
I know for example when we go over a covered bridge, we treat the wood surface with respect and go slowly. A lot of people don’t – they fly. You combine that with Saturday’s weather conditions where we had had our first freezing rain/sleet of the season and even though the road surfaces were too warm for anything to stick long-term, it could’ve very well made everything quite slick. Or at least the road leading to bridge.
I hope the people who were in the accident are OK – I don’t know who knows which ambulance company responded or if the people went to a hospital. I also hope that the people who were in the accident we’re not impaired in anyway because that will make this an even more expensive accident for them.
I am told PennDOT was out today. Thank you blog friend for the photos!
According to county records, Chester County once had 85 covered bridges, 21 of which were shared with other counties. The earliest recorded covered bridge in Chester County was built in 1807 and the most recent in 1899. Only 15 covered bridges remain today, the oldest being the Hall’s Sheeder Bridge built in 1850. The covered bridge played an important part in the transportation system of the County throughout the 19 th century. Many of the bridges were built to serve local mills and the transportation of agricultural produce to market.
The bridge in Valley Forge just reopened. How long will this one be down? With a crash like this, there is undoubtedly severe structural damage possible, isn’t there?
Why are people so hard on our covered bridges?
I have been told by someone who looked at the bridge who saw it after accident and said it was dark, but they could I’d see there were a few new gouges in the Burr truss timbers. They were going to see what they could see in daylight – fingers crossed.
Burr truss is the design – the combination of arch and multiple “King posts” – originally designed by Theodore Burr in around 1804 and patented in 1817. The bridge also interestingly enough has steel beams, and no weight limit. The truss structure really only supports the walls and roof.
But last time we went over this bridge I did notice that it had some deferred maintenance going on. I am not sure technically who owns the bridge. Is it PennDOT or Chester County. This is the oldest bridge in Chester County still in active use.
There are always accidents on Route 352 (North Chester Road). One of the most accident prone spots is where Forrest Lane meets Route 352 (North Chester). There was another one of those accidents this afternoon around 5 p.m.
Route 352 (North Chester Road) is a PENNDot Road. I don’t know what can be done, but it might help if people slowed down and paid attention
An overnight crash involving a box truck and a car has left a 25-year-old woman dead and closed the southbound lanes of Route 202 near the 30 Bypass in Chester County for nine hours today, reopening only after the morning rush hour ended.
The crash occurred about 1 a.m. on the highway near Boot Road in West Whiteland Township.
Police said emergency crews arrived at the scene to find the pregnant driver of a 2004 Honda CR-V trapped in her vehicle, which had rolled following a collision with a guard rail.
Members of the Goshen Fire Company cut the roof off the vehicle to free the driver…Police said witnesses saw a white SUV entering the CR-V’s lane just prior to the crash, causing the driver to swerve suddenly to avoid a collision. The driver of the white SUV briefly pulled off the shoulder after the CR-V crashed, but then left the scene.
Police did not provide the name of the victim.
The Westtown-East Goshen Police Department is attempting to locate the driver of the white SUV, who can contact police at 610-692-5100. Any witnesses who saw the accident are also asked to contact police.
A pregnant woman could have lost her baby today.
I don’t like Route 202. I don’t like how games are played with highway repairs on Route 202. I don’t like the GIANT digital billboard along 202 in Westtown.
But what I don’t like even more are the stretches of 202 that are constant and chronic accident zones. And the one I hate the most is the cattle chute that runs by Boot Road.
There are too many accidents.
Since I became a Chester County resident, I feel like all I hear about are accidents on this stretch of Route 202. In fair weather and foul. During the day and at night.
So why are there all these accidents? Is it just there are THAT many awful drivers? Or should the design and design flaws of a PennDOT responsible road be considered?
One of the things I love about PennDOT is if you have ever driven up to Harrisburg, you should check out their glowing edifices to themselves. PennDOT seems to spare no expense for their offices and buildings up around the state capital. Yet, they never seem to make many of our roads quite as safe as they should be.
I think this stretch of Route 202 is one of those stretches of road, PennDOT needs to look at. Our highway system is multifaceted and multi-flawed. Many roads have outlived their original engineering design because there are just that many more cars on the road – the best example around here for that would be Schyulkill Expressway.
It’s time to make PennDOT look at this section of road. There are just too many accidents in this one particular stretch.
And please, if you were on 202 today and saw this accident and have any information on the driver who hit and ran, please call the police. That mama to be and her baby deserve better than they got today. Who is the State Senator around here? Is it Andrew Dinniman?
There are so many cool roads in Chester County, but a lot are windy and narrow. I have noticed when doing these Phoenixville jaunts that drivers become impatient when you actually try to do the speed limit. And a lot of people have a hard time staying on their sides of windy roads at times.
Here’s what Malvern Patch and state police are saying thus far and stay tuned to Malvern Patch for updates:
Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a fatal two-vehicle accident that occurred on Route 29 just north of the turnpike in Charlestown Township around 7 a.m. Wednesday.
The driver of a black Ford Explorer was killed in the crash. Police are withholding the identity of the deceased, pending next-of-kin notification.
The other vehicle involved in the crash was a PennDOT “crew cab,” a heavy-duty pickup truck. The three passengers in the PennDOT truck have been taken to Paoli Hospital with unspecified, non-life-threatening injuries.
The SUV was headed south and the PennDOT truck was headed north when the crash occurred, according to Cpl. Weid of the PSP.