A bridge in Penndel Borough previously scheduled for replacement has been closed early due to “advanced deterioration,” PennDOT announced Friday.

Instead, motorists will be detoured to use Comly Avenue, Route 513 (Bellevue Avenue) and Lincoln Highway. Anyone using the roads in this area should expect delays.

Click to enlarge: A satellite view of the detour route, in yellow. The red mark designates the closed bridge. Image via PennDOT.

After 86 years of constant usage, the state transportation agency has shutdown travel over the Hulmeville Avenue Bridge. The agency had listed the bridge’s condition as “poor,” but an investigation on May 21, 2019 revealed more safety issues.

With a $4.7 million plan announced in April, PennDOT will completely the bridge which crosses the CSX/SEPTA tracks just west of the Langhorne SEPTA station.

“A project to replace the 86-year-old Hulmeville Avenue bridge is scheduled to be advertised for construction by August,” PennDOT spokesperson Brad Rudolph said in a press release. PennDOT estimates the bridge “carried approximately 4,653 vehicles a day prior to its closure.”