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U.S. 1 and Oxford Valley Road Travel Restrictions Scheduled Next Week for Overhead Bridge Rehabilitation in Bucks County

08/10/2017

King of Prussia, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that northbound and southbound U.S. 1 is scheduled to close at the Oxford Valley Road Interchange in Falls, Lower Makefield and Middletown townships, Bucks County, from Sunday, August 13, through Friday, August 18, from 9:00 PM to 6:00 AM, for the removal of shielding and scaffolding as part of the rehabilitation of the structurally-deficient Oxford Valley Road overpass. During construction, U.S. 1 motorists will exit at Oxford Valley Road and then re-enter the highway at the entrance ramps at the interchange.

In addition, motorists will encounter nighttime lane closures in both directions on Oxford Valley Road between Cabot Boulevard and Big Oak Road in Falls and Lower Makefield townships, on Wednesday, August 16, through Friday, August 18, from 9:00 PM to 6:00 AM, for the removal of concrete barriers and painting of new traffic lines in preparation for the opening of all travel lanes.
 
Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through these work zones because slowdowns will occur. The work schedule is weather dependent.
 
Crews began construction on November 14, 2016, to rehabilitate the Oxford Valley Road bridge. The structure remains open to traffic while the contractor repairs damage sustained when the bridge was struck by an oversized truck on June 29, 2015. Crews are replacing two steel beams and repairing three additional beams. Construction on the bridge is scheduled to finish later this month.
 
The three-span, steel-I beam bridge was built in 1972. It is 167 feet long and 90 feet wide. The structure carries 31,000 vehicles a day.
The work is part of PennDOT’s $11,766,000 project to rehabilitate four structurally deficient bridges in Bucks, Chester, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties, and replace six structurally deficient culverts in Bucks, Chester and Delaware counties.
 
On June 30, PennDOT reopened the culvert carrying Route 82 (Doe Run Road) over a branch of Sucker Run in East Fallowfield Township, Chester County. PennDOT also recently completed and reopened the bridge carrying Torresdale Avenue over Academy Road in Philadelphia; the Edenton Road bridge over Rattlesnake Run in Upper Oxford Township, Chester County; and the Route 663 (Layfield Road) bridge over Perkiomen Creek in Upper Hanover Township, Montgomery County.
 
PennDOT’s contractor also will replace deteriorated culverts at the following locations: State Road bridge over a branch of Cooks Creek in Springfield Township, Bucks County; Rocky Ridge Road over a branch of Tohickon Creek, Richland Township, Bucks County; White Horse Road over a branch of Pickering Creek in Schuylkill Township, Chester County; Route 282 (Creek Road) over a branch of Brandywine Creek in East Brandywine 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.
 
Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway 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 825 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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