A message from the Lawrence Park Township Commissioners:

In 2021 the railing on the footbridge became unusable. This course of action led the Lawrence Park Township Board of Commissioners to close the bridge due to its overall unsafe conditions indefinitely. The Township engineers determined that the bridge could not be repaired and would need to be replaced.

In Spring 2022, the Board of Commissioners began to discuss adding a commercial fence around the footbridge. The purpose of the fence is to mitigate trespassing on the closed bridge. Due to vendor and supply chain issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, a contract was not secured until late summer. Because of the supply chain issue, the work was scheduled to begin in December 2022.

There are additional factors that must be considered before the removal and replacement of the footbridge. These include but are not limited to; environmental regulations, the National Fuel line attached to the bridge, and the bridge’s location not leading to private property.

The Board of Commissioners continues to keep residents’ safety as a top priority. The board will continue to work diligently to search for funding options for constructing a new bridge. This includes but is not limited to meeting with other local leaders and reaching for grant opportunities, etc.