King of Prussia, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that construction will begin Monday, February 26, to rehabilitate the bridge carrying Route 232 (Second Street Pike) over a branch of Mill Creek in Wrightstown Township, Bucks County.
PennDOT’s contractor will rehabilitate the stone masonry arch bridge by removing arch fill material and replacing it with lightweight concrete; reinforcing the walls and barrier; repointing masonry of the arch barrel and support abutments; and replacing guide rail.
Due to the nature of the bridge repairs, Route 232 (Second Street Pike) will be closed and detoured between Route 413 (Durham Road) and Cherry Lane during the four-month rehabilitation project. Beginning Monday, February 26, through late June, Route 232 (Second Street Pike) motorists will be directed to use Swamp Road, Worthington Mill Road and Route 413 (Durham Road). Local access will be maintained up to the construction zone.
Built in 1852, the one-span structure is 14 feet long, 40 feet wide, and carries an average of 5,802 vehicles a day. It is currently posted for 30 tons, and 35 tons for combination vehicles.
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; and
• Old Forty Foot Road over Branch of Skippack Creek in Lower Salford and Towamencin townships, Montgomery 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;
• Ridge Pike over Perkiomen Creek in Collegeville Borough and Lower Providence Township, Montgomery County; and
• Morwood Road culvert over Branch of Perkiomen Creek in Franconia 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
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