Report: Falling bridge debris closes Forbidden Drive

(Update: Forbidden Drive underneath Walnut Lane Bridge to remain closed until further inspections planned the week of Nov 29. Read statement from the Streets Department and the Department of Parks and Recreation)


Friends of the Wissahickon report tonight that the city has closed a portion of Forbidden Drive because of falling concrete chunks from Walnut Lane Bridge. Here is what the group has posted on its website. Please use caution in the area.


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Forbidden Drive has been closed at the urging of the Streets Department. Detour signs will be installed at 10 box, Kitchens Lane and also at Jeanette/Monastery Sts. A media advisory is being prepared by the Department of Parks and Recreation and will be distributed this afternoon. Bridge inspection is being scheduled as is the installation of a structure on Forbidden Drive that will allow pedestrian, cyclist and equestrian access.

As this area is very popular, we urge all park users and commuters who use this section of Forbidden Drive to consider their safety and respect this closure. Friends of the Wissahickon will keep members updated as this situation progresses.

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