The existing concrete arch bridge is being replaced with a pre-cast concrete arch bridge.
The State Street Bridge over an unnamed tributary to the Schuylkill River was constructed in 1901 and reconstructed in 1923. It is 43 feet long and 26 feet wide. The new bridge will be 85 feet long and 24 feet wide. This section of State Street has an average daily traffic volume of 5,427 vehicles. The bridge is known locally as the “Mill Creek Bridge.”
Motorists can expect lane restrictions on State Street between Primrose Alley and Church Street between now and early June, and between mid-August and October (no lanes will be restricted weekdays between 6 AM and 9 AM or 3 PM and 6 PM). The bridge will be closed early June through mid-August.
Motorists and pedestrians are advised to use caution when traveling through the area.
Work on this project will be in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and state Department of Health guidance as well as a project-specific COVID-19 safety plan, which will include protocols for social distancing, use of face coverings, personal and job-site cleaning protocols, management of entries to the jobsite, and relevant training.
Motorists can check conditions on major roadways 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 1,000 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.
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