Bridging the Schuylkill
History of the Bridge Crossing
Until 1995, a roadway and trail bridge crossed the Schuylkill River carrying Trooper Road. The bridge was called the Betzwood Bridge, named after a farm and a railway stop that are long gone.
Current Bridge Crossing
Since the demolition of the Betzwood Bridge, walkers, runners and bicyclists have crossed the Schuylkill River using the Rt. 422 Bridge. The narrow and long bridge is currently the only way to access the wonderful network of regional trail systems including the Schuylkill River Trail, future Schuylkill River West Trail, Valley Forge's 26 miles of trail, and the Chester Valley Trail and Patriot’s Path.
Future Bridge Crossing
Plans are just about complete for a new trail bridge across the Schuylkill River within Valley Forge National Historical Park. Scheduled to go under construction this winter and to open in 2015, the bridge will connect the north and south sides of the Park, with greater ease for pedestrians and bicyclists.
Name the NEW Bridge!
The new crossing bridge needs a name and we welcome your ideas. Participants may submit multiple entries for the bridge name until September 1, 2013. Names of living persons, organizations, businesses, and corporations will not be considered. The new bridge name will be announced at National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 28, at 9 am. Contest winner will be invited and recognized as a special guest at the Friends annual reception in fall 2013.
Special Recognition and Appreciation
The bridge is a joint project of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Upper Merion Transportation Authority, Upper Merion Township, West Norriton Township, Montgomery County, and Valley Forge National Historical Park.