The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced that the newly constructed Route 213 (Maple Avenue) bridge over Neshaminy Creek in Middletown and Lower Southampton townships, Bucks County, will be opened to traffic tomorrow morning, November 25. Construction began in July to replace the structurally deficient bridge and was completed nearly a month ahead of schedule.
PennDOT constructed a roundabout at the intersection of Bridgetown Pike and Route 213 (Maple Avenue) which opened to traffic in June to improve travel through the intersection of Route 213 (Maple Avenue) and Bridgetown Pike.
“This critical bridge and intersection improvement project on Route 213 will go a long way to improve traffic flow and safety in the area,” PennDOT District 6 Executive Kenneth McClain said. “The roundabout will improve traffic flow because it eliminates the signalized intersection and the extremely tight left turn move from Bridgetown Pike to Route 213 (Maple Avenue) and the new bridge will provide a direct link to the business districts in Lower Bucks County.”
When construction began on the Route 213 (Maple Avenue) bridge crews removed the existing structurally deficient three-span concrete arch structure and replaced it with a new three-span concrete arch bridge.
The new Route 213 (Maple Avenue) bridge is 226 feet long and 31 feet wide, eight feet wider than the previous span. It carries two 11-foot travel lanes, a five-foot shoulder and a four-foot shoulder. The bridge is adorned with aesthetic treatments to resemble the current bridge, including concrete sidewalls and enclosed concrete arches, and a maple leaf imprint atop the columns on each pier.
The previous bridge on Route 213 (Maple Avenue) was built in 1929. It was 23 feet wide, 225 feet long and was posted with a 30-ton weight restriction. The bridge carried 14,000 vehicles a day when it closed.
This transportation improvement project also included the realignment of the intersection of Route 213 (Maple Avenue) and Bridgetown Pike to create a new single-lane roundabout to move traffic smoothly and safely through the intersection.
The intersection remained open during construction, except for one weekend when a closure was required for paving.
Buckley and Company, Inc. of Philadelphia was the general contractor on the $7,262,049 project, which was financed with 100 percent state funds from Pennsylvania’s transportation plan, Act 89.
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