Those were the days.
That protest was not in vain, PENNDOT and the Regional Bicycle Task force worked on solutions to the problem, a shuttle trailer was used for a while but eventually PENNDOT cantilevered a "temporary boardwalk" on US 422 to allow access to Valley Forge in 2004 until a new Betzwood Bridge was built. 17 years later that creaky boardwalk is still the only way across the river.
The design for the Old Betzwood Bike Ped Bridge is nearing completion and on February 16th there will be an open house where the project sponsors and the study team will display the proposed bridge, answer questions and obtain the input of attendess. Right now the bridge is on track for completion in the fall of 2013, more than 20 years after its closure.
Open House Flyer (.pdf)
Date: February 16, 2011
Time: 4:00-8:00 PM
Place:Education Center @ Valley Forge National Historical Park