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PennDOT to Begin Replacement of Morwood Road Culvert in Franconia Township, Montgomery County

03/19/2018

​King of Prussia, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that construction will begin Monday, April 2, to replace the Morwood Road culvert over a branch of Perkiomen Creek in Franconia Township, Montgomery County.

PennDOT’s contractor will replace the steel pipe arch culvert with a dual reinforced concrete pipe culvert; replace the concrete spandrel walls and wingwalls with reinforced concrete; reconstruct the bridge roadway and mill and resurface the approach roadways; install structure mounted guiderail and approach guiderail; and place rock around the concrete ends of the culvert.
 
Due to the nature of construction, Morwood Road will be closed and detoured between Creamery Road and Camp Road during the three-month project. Morwood Road motorists will be directed to use Allentown Road, Route 63 (Main Street) and Route 113 (Souderton-Harleysville Pike). Local access will be maintained up to the construction zone.
 
The current two-span structure was built in 1970. It is 11 feet long, 25 feet wide, and carries an average of 2,613 vehicles a day.
 
The structure is one of nine bridges in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties that PennDOT is repairing under a $7,407,987 improvement project financed by Act 89, the state’s transportation plan.
 
The bridges currently under construction include:
 
• Sugan Road over Cuttalossa Creek in Solebury Township, Bucks County;
• Old Forty Foot Road over Branch of Skippack Creek in Lower Salford and Towamencin townships, Montgomery County; and
• Route 232 (Second Street Pike) over a branch of Mill Creek in Wrightstown Township, Bucks County.
 
The other structures included in this nine-bridge rehabilitation project include:
 
• Hares Hill Road over French Creek in East Pikeland Township, Chester County;
• Baltimore Pike over Darby Creek in Clifton Heights and Lansdowne boroughs and Upper Darby Township, Delaware County;
• State Road/Lansdowne Avenue over Cobbs Creek in Upper Darby Township, Delaware County, and the City of Philadelphia;
• Wissahickon Avenue over Monoshone Creek in Philadelphia; and
• Ridge Pike over Perkiomen Creek in Collegeville Borough and Lower Providence Township, Montgomery County.
 
Work on the entire project is expected to be completed in late summer 2019.
 
J.D. Eckman, Inc., of Atglen, Chester County, is the general contractor on the bridge improvement project, which is financed with 100 percent state funds.
 
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.
 
Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 850 traffic cameras.
 
511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.
 
For more PennDOT information, visit www.penndot.gov. Follow local PennDOT information on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAPhilly, and follow the department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pennsylvaniadepartmentoftransportation and Instagram at www.instagram.com/pennsylvaniadot.
 
MEDIA CONTACT: Bob Kent, 610-205-6801
 
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