For many years the banks of Chester Creek near Penn Bridge were hosts for what appeared to be a mountain of beer, soda and liquor bottles along with other debris. Last summer, after a Spirit investigation prompted action by city officials, the owners of the New Chester Deli spent money cleaning up the site adjacent to the store. PennDOT plans to close Penn Bridge to vehicular and pedestrian traffic for much-needed repairs but city officials said access to Chester High School can’t be denied for hundreds of students.


By JessicaBautista

It looked like a mountain of empty beer cans and liquor bottles last summer but now the site directly next to Penn Bridge and the New Chester Deli on Ninth St. has recently undergone a heavy-duty cleanup to make way for a new pedestrian bridge for Chester High School (CHS) students.

This summer, PennDOT is building a pedestrian-only bridge (at right) across the creek linking 9th St. with the high school grounds for uninterrupted student traffic when Penn Bridge officially closes.

Nearly finished, construction workers on the site said the small-scale bridge for walkers linking CHS’s parking lot over Chester Creek onto Ninth St. would be completed within the next couple weeks.

According to Chester City Engineer Charles Catania…

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