Posted: 12/12/2017 1:35 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 12, 2017
PennDOT to Rehabilitate Route 113 (Souderton Road) Bridge in Bucks County; Replace Route 282 (Creek Road) Bridge in Chester County
King of Prussia, PA – Construction is scheduled to begin next month to rehabilitate the bridge carrying Route 113 (Souderton Road) over Mill Creek in Hilltown Township, Bucks County, and to replace the bridge carrying Route 282 (Creek Road) over a branch of Brandywine Creek in East Brandywine Township, Chester County, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.
Beginning Tuesday, January 2, Route 113 (Souderton Road) will be closed and detoured between Bethlehem Pike and Keystone Drive. Cars will be directed to use Diamond Street and Route 152 (Main Street/Bethlehem Pike). Trucks will be directed to use Bethlehem Pike and Route 152 (Park Avenue/Walnut Street). Local access will be maintained up to the construction zone. Construction on the bridge is expected to be completed in April 2018.
PennDOT’s contractor will rehabilitate the structure by removing the existing fill material, including the wearing surface, and replacing it with lightweight concrete and a deck slab; installing new vertical wall barriers; repointing the masonry of the arch stones; and upgrading safety features.
Built in 1870, the single-span stone masonry arch bridge is 11 feet long and 25 feet wide, and carries an average of 10,673 vehicles a day.
Beginning Tuesday, January 2, Route 282 (Creek Road) will be closed and detoured between Hopewell Road and Dowlin Forge Road. Route 282 (Creek Road) motorists will be directed to use Dowlin Forge Road, Rock Raymond Road, Hopewell Road and Corner Ketch Lyndell Road. Local access will be maintained up to the construction zone. The new structure is expected to be completed in April 2018.
PennDOT’s contractor will replace the bridge with a concrete rigid frame system as well as upgrade all safety features. The new structure will be 17 feet long and 31 feet wide.
Built in 1923, the existing structure is a one-span reinforced concrete slab bridge. It is 17 feet long and 26 feet wide, and carries an average of 2,571 vehicles a day. It is currently posted for 30 tons, and 40 tons for combination vehicles. Upon completion of construction, the weight restrictions will be removed.
Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the areas because slowdowns will occur. All activities are weather dependent.
The work on the two bridges is being performed under PennDOT’s $11,766,000 project to rehabilitate five structurally-deficient bridges in Bucks, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, and replace six structurally-deficient culverts in Bucks, Chester and Delaware counties.
The bridges currently under construction include:
·Henry Avenue over Wissahickon Creek in Philadelphia; and
·Rocky Ridge Road over a branch of Tohickon Creek in Richland Township, Bucks County.
Structures completed under this project include:
·Oxford Valley Road over U.S. 1 in Falls, Lower Makefield and Middletown townships, Bucks County;
·Route 663 (Layfield Road) bridge over Green Lane Reservoir Creek in Upper Hanover Township, Montgomery County;
·Edenton Road bridge over Rattlesnake Run in Upper Oxford Township, Chester County;
·Torresdale Avenue bridge over Academy Road in Philadelphia; and
·Route 82 (Doe Run Road) over a branch of Sucker Run in East Fallowfield Township, Chester County.
The other culvert replacements on this project include:
·State Road bridge over a branch of Cooks Creek in Springfield Township, Bucks County;
·White Horse Road over a branch of Pickering Creek in Schuylkill Township, Chester County; and
·MacDade Boulevard over the Muckinipattis Creek in Glenolden Borough, Delaware County.
Work on the entire project is expected to be completed in August 2018.
Loftus Construction, Inc. of Cinnaminson, N.J., is the general contractor on this project that is financed with 100 percent state funds through Act 89, Pennsylvania’s transportation plan.
For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by Act 89, or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.
A list of weekly road restrictions and PennDOT maintenance operations in the five-county Philadelphia region is available by visiting the District 6 Traffic Bulletin at www.penndot.gov/District6.
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