King of Prussia, PA – Construction is scheduled to begin Monday, November 27, to replace the bridge carrying Rocky Ridge Road over a branch of Tohickon Creek in Richland Township, Bucks County, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today. The new structure is expected to be completed in April 2018.
Due to the nature of construction, Rocky Ridge Road will be closed and detoured between Rockhill Road and Paletown Road.
During the five-month closure, Rocky Ridge Road motorists will be directed to use Rockhill Road, Route 313 (Doylestown Pike) and Paletown Road. Local access will be maintained up to the construction zone.
The existing single-span structure was built in 1927 and rehabilitated in 1980. The steel I-beam bridge is 19 feet long and 16 feet wide, and carries an average of 119 vehicles a day.
PennDOT’s contractor will replace the bridge with a single-span box culvert as well as upgrade all safety features, including installation of new guiderail. In addition, the bridge will be widened to accommodate two travel lanes. The new structure will be 17 feet long and 25 feet wide.
The work 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.
Henry Avenue over Wissahickon Creek in Philadelphia is also currently under construction.
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;
• 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
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